DLA Piper > London, England > Firm Profile

DLA Piper
160 Aldersgate Street
LONDON
EC1A 4HT
England

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Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 1

DLA Piper’s large specialist commercial contracts team draws on the firm’s global resources to handle a range of multi-jurisdictional mandates relating to all aspects of a company’s supply chain, strategic alliances, development agreements and joint ventures. The team also has notable regulatory expertise, particularly in the life sciences, financial and consumer sectors. Mark Dewar heads up the department and has a notable focus on consumer product issues, Anthony Day handles outsourcing transactions, Chloe Forster is active in the technology sector, and Sophie Lessar is a key name for retail financial services clients. Chris Rennie is the primary name at associate level.

Practice head(s):

Mark Dewar

Testimonials

‘DLA Piper has an outstanding commercial contracting team. Exceptionally knowledgeable, technically strong, whilst also being pragmatic.’

‘Chloe Forster is excellent. She has complete mastery of any contract which she works on and a real asset to have on our side.’

Key clients

Genesis Cancer Care

Guerbet

Tokyo Electron Limited

iDirect

Lego Systems A/S

Phillip Morris

Dexcom

Hurtigruten

Fast Radius

Specialized Bicycle Components Inc.,

Burberry

IAG Avios

RCI

Work highlights

  • Handled a wide range of complex commercial, competition, IP and patent issues to secure a land mark agreement for Guerbet.
  • Advised Philip Morris International on the acquisition of Fertin, a Danish nicotine substitute gum manufacturer, including all major manufacturing and licensing and supply agreements of the products.
  • Advising Genesis Cancer Care UK on a multi-faceted contract for the purchase by Genesis of a number of ViewRay’s stereo ablative scanners to be used for the treatment of scanner, at locations in the UK, US, Spain and Australia, using MRI Guided Linac technology.

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 1

With a sweet spot in the mid-market, DLA Piper covers the main market of the London Stock Exchange and AIM. The firm advises on transfers between the London Stock Exchange’s markets and handles issuer and underwriter transactions, as well as equity funded M&A activity. Another key selling point for the practice is its London and EU-based US securities expertise. Alex Tamlyn spearheads the team and his experience includes corporate finance work, UK and international securities offerings, Class 1 acquisitions and disposals, schemes of arrangement and securities regulation. Key names in the team are Martin Penn, who handles a range of ECM transactions; and legal director Karin Kirschner, whose strengths are AIM and Main Market transactions.

Practice head(s):

Alex Tamlyn

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Watkins Jones

Dignity Funerals plc

PureTech Health plc

Allied Minds plc

Dechra Pharmaceuticals plc

Aptitude Software Group plc

Learning Technologies Group plc

RPS Group plc

Medica Group plc

John Menzies plc

Knights Group Holdings plc

Mothercare plc

Staffline Group plc

International Personal Finance plc

Montana Aerospace AG

Eurasia Mining plc

Science Group

Abry Partners

Brickability Group plc

Keyword Studios plc

MKS Instruments

Philip Morris International

HUTCHMED China

Keller Group plc

CVS Group plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Learning Technologies Group (LTG) on its placing of new ordinary shares, which raised gross proceeds of £85m.
  • Advising Staffline on transforming its balance sheet through an equity fundraise (structured as a placing, subscription and open offer, which in aggregate raised £48.4m) and a debt refinance (providing for up to £105m).
  • Advising an investment bank syndicate comprising Goldman Sachs, Canaccord Genuity, finnCap and Numis as Joint Bookrunners on Ideagen’s placing to institutional investors and primary bid offer.

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

DLA Piper‘s London hub works on a significant volume of high-profile deals for many of the firm’s leading blue-chip clients, ranging from life sciences conglomerates to media and entertainment companies. The group is particularly strong in corporate real estate transactions, driven largely by the efforts of seasoned property and infrastructure expert Rob Salter. London corporate head Jon Kenworthy is a highly experienced cross-border advisor whose expertise is most keenly concentrated in the tech, media, and sports sectors, while global corporate co-chair Robert Bishop ‘s focus on IP-rich industries sees him handling consequential transactions for consumer goods multinationals and technology companies. EMEA and APAC managing director Charles Severs is sought out by a litany of globally-focused TMT operators for assistance in multi-jurisdictional M&A matters. Ben Forgiel-Jenkins‘ recent highlights include strategic deals for a varied mix of hospitality and telecom operators, whereas Jonathan Earle concentrates on the financial services and gaming sectors. Alexander Kolmakov – a specialist in video game M&A – is a key port of call for many of the firm’s Eastern European investor clients. The team’s investment fund offering was strengthened by the arrival of Jonathan Powling from Addleshaw Goddard in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jon Kenworthy

Key clients

Blackstone Real Estate Partners

Aristocrat Leisure Limited

Brookfield Asset Management

Discovery Communications

Ecolab

Learning Technologies Group

Lyreco

Mace Developments

Mazuma Holdings Limited

Merlin Entertainments

Miller Homes

MKS Instruments

Oxford Properties

Philip Morris International

Settecento Limited

Starwood Capital

Triplepoint/ Digital9 DC Limited

Unilever

Work highlights

  • Advising Philip Morris International on its recommended public offer for Vectura Group.
  • Advising Learning Technologies Group plc on its $394m acquisition of US listed GP Strategies.
  • Advising Miller Homes and its shareholders on the £1.3bn sale from Bridgepoint to Apollo Funds.

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 1

DLA Piper advises a growing client base on transactions across the full private equity lifecycle, and is valued by clients for its ability to handle multi-jurisdictional European deals. In addition to its strong reputation for representing mid-market PE houses, the practice is also well-known for advising management teams. Tim Wright and Ed Griffiths both have substantial experience acting for all parties in PE transactions, including handling cross-jurisdictional matters. Piero Carbone is also well-regarded, while John Pryor remains highly rated for his work with management teams and institutional clients, who value him for his ‘professional and communicative’ approach to deals. Philip Allenby was promoted to partner in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Tim Wright

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great pan European coverage. Great experience of deals in this value range. One of the top management advisory teams in Europe.’

‘Ed Griffiths is very focused on the client’s requirements and very responsive. He gives very pragmatic and well thought out advice. Tim Wright is very experienced and exceptional at clearly explaining the issues to the client and presenting a solution.’

‘My experience with the DLA team has left me wondering why I ever used another legal firm previously. They are genuinely second to none: approachable, knowledgeable, no nonsense approach, don’t hide behind legal jargon and fight your corner to whatever extent you want them to. Nothing was ever too much trouble and I always felt they were going over and above to achieve success for us as a business and in the most timely manner possible.’

‘John Pryor remained professional and communicative at all times and looked to find compromises when it seemed there was no way forward. Tim Wright’s no nonsense approach probably precedes him but I haven’t come across another lawyer like him and would highly recommend you engage Tim and the team in any deal transaction. It really was a pleasure to work with these guys and I am delighted to be able to give such a glowing reference as I genuinely mean every single word.’

Key clients

Beech Tree Private Equity

Bregal Milestone

Duke Street Capital

EMK Capital

Carlyle

H.I.G. European Capital Partners

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

Lloyds Development Capital

Ascot Lloyd management

Intermediate Capital Group

Acolin Holding AG management team

EQT Ventures

Symphony Technology Group

Blackstone

Encore Capital

Lloyds Development Capital

Three Hills Capital Partners

Graphite

Gresham House

RGI (management)

Solomon (management)

EMI Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Cloudreach and Blackstone on the sale to Atos.
  • Advised Encore Capital and the Third Space management team on the disposal of Third Space Holdings Limited to KSL Capital Partners and the subsequent reinvestment by Encore and Management into the group structure alongside KSL.
  • Advised Graphite Capital Management on its acquisition of the publishing business Lostmy.name Ltd (trading as Wonderbly), obtaining debt finance and the the equity roll-over of the target’s existing management team into the purchasing vehicle.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 1

DLA Piper is well-positioned to handle fraud matters for clients active in the financial services, energy and resources, funds, private wealth and media, sports and entertainment sectors. The group acts in cases brought by litigation funders and has a notable track record in class actions involving fraud elements; Jeremy Sher is a key contact here. Jamie Curle is considered to be a ‘shrewd tactician‘, and Jeremy Andrews has considerable cross-border expertise; they lead the group together with Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry. Newly promoted partner Charles Allin's practice covers cross-border fraud cases, often in offshore jurisdictions.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Curle; Jeremy Andrews; Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry

Other key lawyers:

Adam Ibrahim; Jeremy Sher; James Carter; Charles Allin

Testimonials

‘Jamie Curle and Jeremy Andrews are a powerful team with hands-on experience in a variety of sectors.’

‘Jeremy Andrews is responsive and energetic, and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Jamie Curle is a shrewd tactician with excellent client skills.’

‘James Carter is an up and coming partner who takes no nonsense when dealing with difficult points.’

Key clients

Renova Industries Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Renova in a high-profile oligarch dispute involving serious allegations of fraud brought in the British Virgin Islands by Renova Industries Ltd against an individual and their affiliated companies.

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 1

DLA Piper has an international retail and consumer practice which is led by a team of specialists. Noel Haywood leads the global consumer goods, food and retail sector group, which encompasses three international sub sectors; IP specialist Ruth Hoy steers the fashion and retail sector and commercial expert Mark Dewar oversees the consumer goods sector practice, while Haywood also sits as the head of the food sector group. Both Sophie Lessar and Chloe Forster co-lead the broader UK team; Lessar acts as a financial services and consumer sector specialist, while Forster focuses on technology related work. Noteworthy team changes include the London hires of environment and health and safety specialist Nick Rock from Reed Smith LLP in July 2021 and brand protection lawyer Patricia Collis from Bird & Bird LLP in December 2021, as well as commercial contracts expert Ryan Harrison from Browne Jacobson LLP in November 2021.

Practice head(s):

Chloe Forster; Sophie Lessar; Noel Haywood; Mark Dewar; Ruth Hoy

Testimonials

‘They go above and beyond to deliver value for money so that we can get the high quality, reliable legal expertise we need within our budget.’

‘They know the sector and understand how things work commercially in practice, and are always able to reflect that reality into our contracts.’

‘The firm is extremely well resourced with knowledgeable experts on ESG.’

‘Chloe Forster is excellent. She has complete mastery of any contract which she works on and is a real asset to have on our side.’

Key clients

Phillip Morris International

Unilever

H&M

Mondelez

Amazon

Nike

Converse

Bacardi Martini

Reckitt Benckiser

Ecolab

Heineken

Burberry Limited

LVMH

Lego

Lululemon

Levi Strauss

Sephora

Coca Cola

Danone

JD Sports

Marks & Spencer

Clarks

Noble Foods Group

Alteri Partners

Deloitte

Founders of Pangea Laboratories

John Lobb

Graphite Capital

Tamara Ralph

Dalton BidCo

Tate & Lyle

IAG Avios

Specialized Bicycle Components Inc

Hurtigruten

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation

RCI

Work highlights

  • Acted for Teneo Restructuring Limited as the administrators of the Arcadia Group of companies in relation to all real estate matters and associated secured lender issues in managing the Group’s exit from the leasehold portfolio.
  • Acted for John Lobb SAS in High Court litigation brought by John Lobb Limited, a bespoke, hand made shoe manufacturer based in London which has existed since 1866; litigation concerns the right to use the name, JOHN LOBB.
  • Advised Clarks with a proposal to change employee terms and conditions in its corporate head office and distribution centres.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure Tier 1

DLA Piper is  ‘able to cover every topic and area of interest, no matter how specialised’, according to one client. Utilising its large international network, the firm is able to handle a wide range of geographies with ease,  offering clients broad expertise in infrastructure funds, digital infrastructure, UK government and public law, and sustainability and environmental, social governance (SESG) matters. The UK team is jointly led by M&A and corporate practitioner Martin Nelson-Jones, and Howard Bassford, who specialises in regulatory matters in the energy, railway and marine sectors. Rubayet Choudhury, who was recently promoted to partner, is a name to note for high-profile energy and infrastructure projects. The team was recently strengthened by the addition of Sophie Stewart and Jonathan Powling from Brabners LLP and Addleshaw Goddard respectively. Andrew Batterton left for DWF in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Martin Nelson-Jones; Howard Bassford

Testimonials

‘One of the few law firms who seem to be able to cover every topic and area of interest no matter how specialised with experts in their field’.

‘Responsive and very attentive teams across the firm with same level of quality’.

‘Rubayet Choudhury is available 24/7 to bring teams across the firm to deliver’.

‘The practice is highly professional, responsive and adaptive to client needs’.

‘The service they offer is of exceptional value and they put forward a diverse team’.

‘Their advice is balanced and commercial and focused on outcomes’.

‘Their facilities for clients are excellent’.

‘The team at DLA Piper are truly excellent’.

Key clients

Agility Trains

Amber Infrastructure Group

Axione

Birmingham City Council

Cube Infrastructure Fund

Dalmore Capital

Department for Transport

Digital 9 DC Limited

East West Rail Company Limited

Energy Infrastructure Partners AG (Formerly Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure partners)

Erith Contractors Limited

G.Network Communications

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Hive Energy

Iduna Infrastructure Ltd

InfraRed Capital Partners

Manchester Airport Group

National Highways

Northleaf Capital Partners

Steward Health Care International

UK Infrastructure Bank

UK Ministry of Defence

Velindre NHS Trust

Virgin Atlantic

Welsh Ministers

Work highlights

  • Advising National Highways in relation to the Lower Thames Crossing project, the most ambitious road scheme project in the UK since the M25. The team is advising on the construction documentation relating to the procurement of the GBP 6 billion, publicly funded tunnel and link road contracts. The tunnel beneath the River Thames will be the largest tunnel in the UK, with a cost of circa £2bn.
  • Advising Axione on the formation of Axione Fibre, a joint venture company dedicated to deploying and operating a full-fibre network targeting suburban and rural areas. The £300m investment raised along with third party equity partners is the first phase of a large-scale project aiming to reach 4 million premises throughout the UK to support local social and economic transformation.
  • Advising seven local authorities (comprising Hartlepool Borough Council, Darlington Borough Council, Middlesbrough Borough Council, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Newcastle City Council and Durham County Council) in relation to their joint procurement for the design, build, operation and financing of an energy from waste facility in the Tees Valley.

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

The large team at DLA Piper has a varied client base, including private and public sector companies, and customers and suppliers, which it advises on an international basis. Regulatory and transactional mandates are well within the group’s strong capabilities, alongside handling major outsourcing projects and contentious work. Mike Conradi is co-chair of the international telecoms practice and focuses on providing regulatory and commercial advice to governmental departments, regulators and telecoms businesses. Mark O’Conor jointly leads the firm’s global technology sector group and is experienced in advising clients on cloud and digital transformation, public procurement and outsourcing mandates. Kit Burden has a thriving practice involving outsourcing and complex technology transactions, acting for both IT users and suppliers. Corporate lawyer Ben Forgiel-Jenkins is also a notable team member, and Duncan Pithouse focuses on major outsourcing and implementation projects, while Chloe Forster in the technology transactions and strategic sourcing group assists clients with the use of AI and blockchain. Patricia Collis joined the team from Bird & Bird LLP in December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge of the relevant regulations and of client’s needs.’

‘Mike Conradi is excellent, very supportive, efficient and pleasant to work with. He has deep knowledge of law and understanding of client’s needs.’

‘Kit Burden is an expert in his field with great market insight as well as providing excellent legal advice. He is very responsive, commercial and pragmatic in his approach, and adds real value to any project.’

‘Chloe Forster is an excellent lawyer in the IT space with a deep understanding of retail. Very commercial and pragmatic in her approach, strong on client care, and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Ministry of Defence

NHS/Connecting for Health

DEFRA

HMRC

Standard Chartered Bank

UBS

Aviva

British Airways/IAG

Heineken

HCL Technologies

Microland

Ericsson

CDW

Willis Tower Watson

Amadeus

LEGO

National Grid

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Ministry of Defence with concluding a new five year £460m contract with Boeing Defence UK, extending existing arrangements for a logistics system critical to UK Armed Forces operations worldwide.
  • Advising the Society of Lloyd’s in relation to its business criteria re-platforming and outsourced operation agreement with DXC.
  • Advising Safaricom on its multi-party equity investment, along with other international investors including Vodacom, Vodafone, Sumitomo Corp and CDC Group, into a new operating company tasked with winning a licence and then rolling out a new telecoms network in Ethiopia (Safaricom Ethiopia).

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 1

DLA Piper is a go-to firm for key players in the sports industry to handle their media rights and is additionally home to a noteworthy interactive entertainment practice. The team is led by Nick Fitzpatrick, who has a broad practice which he employs in service of an equally broad range of clients such as LEGO which he advises on all issues pertaining to its audiovisual content. Duncan Calow handles matters pertaining to technology and e-commerce with particularly noteworthy expertise pertaining to interactive entertainment. Claire Sng comes recommended for her expertise in advertising and regulation thereof.

Hall of Fame

Duncan Calow (Publishing; computer games) – DLA Piper

Practice head(s):

Nick Fitzpatrick; Frank Valentin

Other key lawyers:

Claire Sng; Duncan Calow; Jon Wilks; Ruth Hoy; Jon Kenworthy; Robert Bishop; Jon Earle; John Pryor; Tom Heylen; Alexandra Kamerling

Testimonials

‘Dedicated account managers with lots of media knowledge that can always reach to their wider team when the subject matter is not in their expertise scope. With its numerous teams, the firm would always have answers on specific jurisdiction or niche media rights.’

‘They take every subject matter with the same professionalism despite the size of the task, they have good work ethics and I feel I can trust them which is key.’

Key clients

Discovery

LEGO

The Football Association Premier League

ITV

NBA Properties Inc (the NBA)

Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

Marriott

Springer Nature Limited

Unilever

Philip Morris International

Dataco

Work highlights

  • Acting as the Premier League’s go-to advisors on a wide range of transactions and issues (including commercial, IP and audio-visual related matters, among others).
  • Fostering a strong relationship with ITV and providing cross-practice group advice on issues relating to, for example, employment, corporate, IP and audio-visual matters.
  • Advising LEGO on all of its international distribution arrangements to broadcasters and other digital platforms for various LEGO television properties including LEGO Ninjago, LEGO Friends, LEGO Nexo Knights, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO – Marvel Collection and LEGO Jurassic World including advising on, drafting and negotiating the content licence agreements, among other issues.

Transport > Aviation Tier 1

The aviation practice at DLA Piper provides specialist commercial, regulatory and litigation services to a range of clients including international and domestic airlines, aviation insurers, airport operators, manufacturers and maintenance organisations. Much of the work involves cross-border elements, with the practice acting for airlines and insurers with respect to the Ukraine crisis. Tony Payne heads up the team and is an expert in regulatory matters with Mark Franklin. Kathryn Ward has expertise in post-accident liability issues, while associates Sophie Brophy and Tristan Thompson focus on contentious work including aircraft accidents. Camilla Bonfield advises stakeholders on aviation disputes and insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Tony Payne

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Mark Franklin and Kathryn Ward for many years and will continue to do so.’

‘I work with DLA Piper London on aviation matters. I appreciate working with the team: they are aviation professionals, with extensive knowledge and customer oriented. The team adapts to customer’s need and are always available when needed.’

‘Excellent aviation knowledge and it is a pleasure to work with the people there. Mark Franklin is knowledgeable, available, trustworthy, listens to client’s needs and expectations. He and his team produce great deliverables.’

‘Camilla Bonfield and Lucy Stevens are both superstars. They think outside the box, are extremely knowledgeable and responsive and understand exactly what the needs of the business are.’

‘Deep knowledge of and expertise in the aviation sector. The firm understands the complex regulatory framework and provides solutions to difficult questions arising out of Brexit, Covid 19 and the present conflict in Ukraine. The partners are very responsive to their clients’ needs, and are well supported by talented lawyers.’

‘Mark Franklin has outstanding knowledge of the aviation regulatory framework, and is able to provide clear and compelling analysis in any aviation dispute. He has a great eye for detail, but is invariably able to provide a solution for his clients.’

‘Simply, I think they are the best aviation litigation team in the market. They have unbeatable sector knowledge, particularly partner Mark Franklin, who is the go-to partner for major aviation clients and provides the comfort of having seen it all before. The associates are all hard-working and seem genuinely interested in the work.’

‘The team is very focused on the customer and bringing the best results, even when the requests we make are challenging. They act as part of the customer’s team.’

Key clients

Airbus Helicopters

Allianz

Amazon

AXA XL

Bristow Helicopters Limited

British Airways plc

CV Starr

Delta Air Lines

easyJet

Emirates

Etihad Airways

Flybe

Hardy

HDI Global Specialty SE

Jet2.com

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

L3 Commercial Training Solutions Limited

Manchester Airport Group

Markel

Menzies Aviation plc

NetJets Inc

Northrop Grumman

Pratt & Whitney

Rolls Royce

United Airlines

Work highlights

  • Represented PT JAS and its insurers in relation to an accident on 4 April 2016 involving a Batik Air Boeing 737-800.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Liverpool Tier 1

DLA Piper‘s ability to expertly assist at both the domestic and cross-border level ensures that a wide range of local, national and international clients instruct the firm. The commercial offering, which is best known for advising on complex contract matters, is spearheaded by Sarah Bell and Peter Brook. The former is particularly well regarded for knowledge of the government sector, while the latter acts as the national practice head. On the corporate side, James Kerrigan is the key name to note. Other notable team members include Gemma Cowap and legal director Paddy Dwyer.

Practice head(s):

James Kerrigan; Sarah Bell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Our go-to team for legal contract and commercial matters. They have a wide range of expertise and can be relied on to provide well thought through advice that is tailored to our organisational constraints.’

‘Peter Brook makes himself available, however busy he is on other work, is happy to talk through the situation at hand, provides high quality legal advice and brings in colleagues to advise on specific matters where required.’

Key clients

arvato Group

Clydesdale Financial Services Ltd t/a Barclays Partner Finance

Duracell

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

Liverpool Football Club

PetrolValves Srl

QA Limited

Suttons Group

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

Unilever

Whirlpool

Sciontec

Newell Rubbermaid UK Services Limited

The Contact Company

Work highlights

  • Advised the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on over eleven procurements, supporting both COP26 and G7.
  • Assisting with the development of Sciontec, including advising on its formation, appropriate structures, grant funding, trade marks, and employment and contractual matters.
  • Advised on the set-up and investment strategy of a new company, LCR Ventures, which (supported with £7.5m of funding from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and in conjunction with the North West Innovation Agency) will provide business incubator services and proof of concept investment funding to high potential SMEs in the Liverpool City Region.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 1

The ‘powerhouse‘ team of ‘highly experienced, market leading partners‘ at DLA Piper is well placed to advise public companies, major entrepreneurs, leading global corporates and notable local businesses on corporate and commercial matters. James Kerrigan heads up the offering in the former field, while Lee Brierley leads on the latter. For private equity work, ‘total superstarAndrew Phillips and seasoned practitioner Christopher Wilson are particularly noted. Yunus Maka and David Booth  are recommended for their cross-border and manufacturing industry expertise, respectively. ‘Stand-out transactional lawyerJonathan Watkins completes the roster of key group members.

Practice head(s):

James Kerrigan; Lee Brierley

Testimonials

‘DLA is a global powerhouse, but has not lost its focus on each of its local markets. The corporate and commercial practices in Manchester are led by highly experienced, market leading partners who are client-facing, hands-on transactional lawyers who have the benefit of being able to tap into the technical and worldwide expertise that comes with being a leading global firm. Junior lawyers are well supervised and have good exposure to clients and all fee earners are supported by excellent know-how and training.’

‘Jonathan Watkins is a stand-out transactional lawyer. Very bright and extremely hardworking with a wealth of experience – as a client you are in no doubt that you are in very good hands.’

‘James Kerrigan has a good all round client base with a particular emphasis on private equity where he is a market leader. Andrew Phillips is smart and personable with good interpersonal and client management skills.’

‘Lee Brierley – very experienced and commercially savvy. Understands what is important to clients and finds solutions to difficult issues.’

‘DLA Piper are trusted corporate and commercial legal partners. They are, frankly, a market leading agency who provide pragmatic, and outstanding commercial support, able to draw on relevant expertise seamlessly across its cross-functional legal practice areas.

‘The service was exceptional, and it was an absolute pleasure to work with a team who is utterly down to earth, yet super knowledgeable. When any management team are involved in a deal, it is vital to know you have a safe pair of hands dealing with your legal matters. The DLA team surpassed all expectations. Attention to detail, client-centricity, dedicated team with actual hands-on approach from senior partners at all stages from proposal to deal completion: a much-needed boutique experience, lost by many competitor global law firms. If you are looking for lawyers to act on investment transactions, general M&A, sales and/or on-going portfolio management work, do not look any further because these guys are the A-team.’

‘Andrew Phillips is a total superstar. He is a true leader in his field. He is vastly knowledgeable, remarkably committed, smart and imaginative. He provides a totally down-to-earth approach, backed by vast corporate and commercial experience and expertise that he draws upon.’

Key clients

ABM Industries Inc

Bajaj

BASF

Beech Tree Private Equity

Bentley Motors

Biffa Group Limited

Clariant

Elavon

Equistone Partners Europe

Experian

Flowtech Fluidpower plc

Inflexion

Key Retirement Group

Lloyds Development Capital

Molson Coors

NCC Group plc

Next

Nichols plc

Payvision (part of ING Bank)

Snowdonia Cheese

Talk Talk Telecom Group

The Co-Operative Bank

The Hut Group plc

Trio Healthcare

Verna Group

Warburtons

Wheatsheaf

Work highlights

  • Advising Inflexion Private Equity on its investment in CMS Payments Intelligence, a global payments consultancy which provides data, technology and industry expertise to support merchants navigating the industry.
  • Advising the Key Group – and its subsidiaries More2Life, and Key Retirement Solutions – on the client’s long-term collaboration with Phoenix Group regarding the development and provision of later life lending products under the Standard Life Home Finance brand.
  • Assisting The Hut Group with the £275m acquisition of UK online prestige beauty retailer Cult Beauty.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 1

At DLA Piper, private equity, M&A and reorganisations are the core areas of focus. Funds, portfolio companies and management teams make up a significant proportion of the firm’s client roster, as do local and national listed and larger privately owned businesses. Recently, the team has been increasingly acting for US corporations and other overseas companies with investments in the UK and EU; legal director Stephen Jones has been instrumental in leveraging his strong links with the firm’s US and Italian offices to develop this area. David Thompson heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

David Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Clearway Group Limited

Parcel Monkey Group Limited

Inflexion Private Equity Partners LLP

Duke Street LLP

The Hut Group

Hercules Capital

Amdocs (UK) Limited

CREDEM Private Equity SGR

LCM Capital LLP

Lloyds Development Capital

Alteri Investors

Work highlights

  • Advising the Hut Group on the acquisition of Cult Beauty.
  • Advising Inflexion Private Equity Partners on the acquisition of CMS Payment Intelligence.
  • Advising Parcel Monkey on its pre-sale reorganisation and sale issues.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation Tier 1

The ‘leading banking litigators‘ at DLA Piper are particularly renowned for their expertise in two core industry areas: retail banking and payment services, including handling cases relating to all aspects of credit card processing, merchant acquiring and consumer credit for major players in this sector, and asset and aviation finance. Manchester-based ‘class actStewart Plant acts as the global co-chair of the firm’s payments group and is ably supported by a roster of recommended practitioners, including senior associate Benjamin Fellows. Over in the Liverpool office, corporate investigations expert John Gollaglee is the key contact.

Practice head(s):

Stewart Plant; John Gollaglee

Other key lawyers:

Leontia McArdle; Benjamin Fellows; Andrew Horton; David Cook; Philip Williams

Testimonials

‘Pretty much the top of the tree for banking lit in the North of England, and have been for decades.’

‘Benjamin Fellows is very down to earth, but reliable in steering the case to settlement or victory.’

‘DLA overall are an incredibly commercial firm who are excellent in rapidly understanding the dispute and manoeuvering quickly to put the client in the best position possible. The people go above and beyond and are always available when required.’

‘DLA are all over the details and are very experienced when it comes to banking.’

‘The members of the team are very hardworking and knowledgeable and a delight to work with.’

‘Stewart Plant is a class act when it comes to banking litigation.’

‘Leading banking litigators experienced in all areas of banking work.’

‘The team is always easy to contact, despite its huge workload.’

Key clients

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

The Co-operative Bank

Close Brothers Group

Elavon Financial Services

First Data Corporation

Worldpay (UK) Limited

Metro Bank

Payvision

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

Global Payments

New Day

National Asset Management Agency

Work highlights

  • Representing Close Brothers in relation to claims made by multiple customers (comprising companies, sole traders and partnerships), alleging misrepresentation and breach of contract agaisnst the client and a finance broker.
  • Acting for NewDay in the defence of mass Payment Protection Insurance claims with a value in excess of £10m, brought by customers and former customers of the client.
  • Defending JD Williams & Company in mass claimant litigation relating to the mis-selling of retail finance products to customers and former customers.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 1

DLA Piper is widely lauded for its international arbitration and litigation expertise; the entire roster of practitioners, from team lead Andrew Smith to ‘highly accomplished‘ senior associate Charlotte Leith, continue to be instrumental in developing this side of the practice. The group also has a stellar track record representing private equity and corporate clients in major transactional and shareholder disputes. Legal director Leontia McArdle is the name to note for class action claims while the ‘unflappableJonathan Eatough is a key contact for risk management advice.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Smith

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Eatough; Philip Williams; David Cook; Leontia McArdle; Charlotte Leith

Testimonials

‘Hugely experienced commercial lawyers, strength in depth, very approachable and easy to work with, tough.’

‘Jonathan Eatough: unflappable, excellent strategic feel, rolls his sleeves up. Andrew Smith: huge range of commercial experience, strategic insight, quick to identify the pressure points. Charlotte Leith: very acute, thinks like an advocate, great drafting skills and huge range of commercial experience (particularly in Dubai and the Gulf).’

‘Great team, covering international and domestic disputes. The quality of the work is very high, and the level of service is impeccable.’

‘Charlotte Leith is a stand-out senior associate with real expertise in international arbitration.’

‘I dealt mainly with Andrew Smith, and at all times he was calm (which I needed), highly knowledgeable, and able to analyse the situation very well at both the tactical and strategic levels.’

‘Charlotte Leith is a highly accomplished solicitor: she has a very quick mind and a highly impressive attention to detail. She has a good commercial sense of the client’s objectives and how to achieve those in the changing circumstances of complex litigation.’

‘At all times the firm was professional, clear, and gave excellent advice. Many firms would not have had the capability to manage the complex legal aspects across both US and UK.’

‘They are very easy to talk to; proactive and very commercial in their advice.’

Key clients

Jemella Limited (ghd)

Fullbrook Thorpe Investments

Maven Capital Partners

Flywheel IT Services Limited

ScottishPower Energy Retail Limited

GE Capital

Close Brothers

Wise Payments (Transferwise)

New Day

ESG Impact Limited / Aberdeen Worldwide Group

JD Williams & Company (N Brown Group)

Work highlights

  • Representing Flywheel in relation to separate, but related High Court proceedings arising from the acquisition of an IT company, bringing a claim for misrepresentation/breach of warranty for £12m and defending a contractual claim for £3.5m.
  • Acting for Maven Capital Partners in £6.5m claims against the sellers and related parties following the investment of a group of companies.
  • Acted on behalf the ICO in proceedings brought by Facebook in the Information Appeals Tribuna, in which Facebook sought to challenge the monetary penalty notice imposed by the ICO.

Employment Tier 1

DLA Piper focuses on both UK and international employment mandates concerning Covid-19, industrial relations, and major D&I initiatives. Employment head team Alan Chalmers  is highly experienced in advising on severances for senior executives, whistleblowing cases, and complex discrimination allegations, while Helen Hall covers outsourcing and TUPE, as well as trade union and employee relations. Noted employment litigator Emma Mills also advises on TUPE issues as well as outsourcing and international projects for clients in the energy, consumer goods, and financial services sectors. George Nicholson made partner in May 2021 and specialises in international employment matters involving whistleblowing and data protection.

Practice head(s):

Alan Chalmers

Testimonials

‘George Nicolson is always incredibly accessible and responsive, providing high-quality advice on a range of employment and related matters, some quite innovative in nature.’

‘Very responsive team.’

‘Emma Mills is knowledgeable and efficient.’

‘Very collaborative and down to earth team – always able to support/cover during absences so there is a seamless service to the client.’

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Sellafield Limited in a complex claim for victimisation and whistleblowing detriment brought against Sellafield Ltd, one of its employees and a third party by a former contractor.
  • Negotiated and concluded the signing of a major new partnership between Majorel Group Luxembourg SA and Booking.com under which Majorel Group Luxembourg SA acquired 12 of Booking.com’s 14 customer service centres (and related staff) over ten jurisdictions across Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas from Booking.com in the Netherlands and agreed a contract to supply services back to Booking.com and its customers.

Employment > Pensions Tier 1

DLA Piper advises the trustees of the Universities Superannuation Scheme, as well as other major pension schemes. Partner Ben Miller leads the UK pensions team and acts on pension scheme issues involving investment, compliance, and risk mitigation, while Gary Davies leads the Manchester office and is noted for his work on buy-in and buy-out of pension scheme liabilities. Senior associate Scott Rorke joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in November 2021 and focuses on pension scheme matters involving North West corporate transactions and complex bulk transfer of benefits.

Practice head(s):

Ben Miller; Gary Davies

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Pragmatic advice and responsive to very tight project deadlines. Available to discuss and explain the advice provided.’

‘Gary Davies and Ben Miller were very helpful and responsive on a project with very tight deadlines.’

‘DLA are the human side of pensions law. They are friendly, accessible and pragmatic – very much part of the client team’

‘There is no one better than Ben Miller when the going gets tough. He is accessible, reliable, and is the legal adviser you want by your side when in the trenches

‘Strong pensions knowledge and in particular around the ESPS (Electricity Suppliers Pension Scheme). Good commercial pragmatism and find innovative solutions. Explains complex issues in a way that non-legal people can understand and not feel daunted by.’

‘Partner has good commercial pragmatism, innovative solutions. Support team effective.’

‘The DLA pensions team are extremely efficient and provide thorough well thought out responses. Even through the difficulties of covid the team worked around any issues, in particular the signing/posting of deeds etc. The knowledge within the team is of the highest standard and even though team members may progress within the team and company, they remain approachable and contactable.’

‘I have worked for many years with DLA and in particular Gary Davies and Ben Miller. Both Gary and Ben are approachable and quite happy to jump on a call to talk through the matters upon which we are seeking advice.’

Key clients

Trustee of the Universities Superannuation Scheme

Trustees of Warburtons Pension and Life Assurance Plan

MAG Airport Limited (“MAG”)

Trustee of the Royal Insurance Group Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Tremco Illbruck Pension Plan

The Trustees of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Retirement and Death Benefits Scheme

The Trustees of Rollalong Pension Scheme

The Trustees of the Atlas Ward Pension Scheme

The Trustees of the BDP Pension Scheme

The Trustees of the Beatson Clark Pension Scheme

The Trustees of the Charles Stanley & Co Ltd RBS

The Trustees of the Greif UK Works Pension Scheme

The Trustees of the James Gibbons Pension Scheme (1981)

The Trustees of the Jenks & Cattell Engineering Limited

The Trustees of the Owens Corning Pension Plan

The Trustees of the Pension Plan of Posford Haskoning

The Trustees of the Royal Agricultural Society of England

The Trustees of the Samuel Banner Staff Pension Scheme

The Trustees of the Union of Democratic Workers Pension Scheme

The Trustees of the Wheelabrator Group Pension Scheme

The Trustee of the Timpson Group plc Pension Scheme

The Trustees of Johnson Group Defined Benefit Scheme

Trustees of the Carrs Billington Agriculture Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Harvest Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Pension and Life Assurance Plan of Griffiths & Armour

Trustees of the DISA Industries UK Ltd Pension Scheme

The Trustees of the Weatherbys Pension and Life Assurance Scheme

PJH Group Ltd

Northumbrian Water Group Limited

Trustees of the Navigator Terminals UK Pension and Life Assurance Scheme

Lubrizol Limited

Cerestar UK Pension Trust Limited

Bangor University

Arena Housing Group Pension Trustees Limited

Alpla UK Limited

Trustees of the Nichols PLC Retirement Benefits Scheme

Vinci Construction UK Limited

Vinci Pension Trustee Limited

The Trustees of the PSC Freyssinet Ltd Retirement Benefits

The Trustee of the Svitzer Marine Pension Scheme

The Trustees of the SGS United Kingdom Limited Retirement Benefits Plan

Trustees of the Stantec Pension Plan (UK)

Beiersdorf UK Limited

ABB Limited

The Trustee of the Trinity Retirement Benefits Scheme

Trustee of the Royal Liver Assurance Limited Superannuation Fund

Trustee of the Jacob’s Bakery Retirement Scheme

The Trustees of the Medical Research Council Pension Scheme

Clariant Services UK Limited

The Trustees of the Horserace Totalisator Board (1968) Pension Scheme

Travis Perkins plc

Work highlights

    Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

    DLA Piper offers expertise on high-value debt deals, advising borrowers and lenders on local and international matters. The team’s leveraged finance offering is particularly well regarded, with Matt Christmas advising such leading clients as RiverRock, LGT Private Debt and Permira Debt Managers. Asset-based financing is another key expertise for the firm, with practice head Joseph Frew acting for clients such as NatWest and Lloyds on traditional transactions. It also offers advice on development loans and asset financing, with Rebecca Williams a name to note on the latter. Associates Alastair Carruthers and Charles Weems are other key names to note.

    Practice head(s):

    Joseph Frew

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘DLA Piper offers a first class service with evening and weekend working commonplace when necessary to get a deal done against a tight deadline. The firm clearly has the resources to cope with heavy workloads and challenging deadlines.’

    ‘Joe Frew is first class – he makes himself available whenever needed and is a really good sounding board for chatting through complex issues.’

    ‘Incredible commercial awareness and commercial approach to disputes. The firm goes above and beyond in positioning the client in the best possible place in order to ensure good outcomes. Very strategic and no-nonsense when it comes to the opposition.’

    ‘Rebecca Williams has to be one of the foremost lawyers in the asset finance field. Excellent knowledge, fantastic commercial approach and quickly grasps the key issues of the case. Encourages clients in the right direction with great advice which rapidly moves cases along without wasting fees.’

    ‘The team knows our documents and our company very well and do give us extremely good service.’

    ‘Matthew Christmas – very responsive to requests and proactively keeps in touch if he sees others in the market with experiences that could be relevant to us.’

    ‘Alastair Carruthers – does most of our transactions, has a really good relationship with our legal department. Excellent service.’

    Key clients

    Tosca Debt Capital

    National Westminster Bank

    INEOS

    Permira Debt Managers

    Pemberton Capital

    Lloyds Bank

    AO World Plc

    Biffa Plc

    Close Brothers

    ABN Amro

    Maslow Capital

    Greater Manchester Combined Authority

    Work highlights

    • Acting for the lenders, Rabobank and M&G, on a structured financing package to support the acquisition by Bain Capital Credit, of Bread Holdings Limited, the holding company of the Gail’s Bakery chain from Risk Capital Partners.
    • Acting for Learning Technologies Group, the borrower on a USD355,000,000 multicurrency secured term loan and revolving credit facility agreement, provided by a syndicate of 5 banks, led by Silicon Valley Bank.
    • Advising Aurelius in relation to the financing of its acquisition of McKesson UK in a corporate carve-out from US healthcare company McKesson Corporation, in a deal with an enterprise value of GBP477,000,000.

    Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

    As a key part of the firm’s huge global platform, DLA Piper‘s Manchester team is well-suited to act on insolvencies throughout the UK and abroad. Team members are often involved in matters for market-leading companies, such as Arcadia Group, that cross over into multiple European countries and into the Caribbean. It offers equal strength on non-contentious mandates, including financial restructurings, and contentious cases, covering investigations, litigation, and enforcements. Christopher Roberts leads the North West branch and Robert Russell heads the UK-wide restructuring team, both out of Manchester. Katy Seago advises on distressed real estate matters, and associate Grace Imafidon acts on contentious matters.

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘We found the team to be extremely reactive, and resilient in a fast moving situation where a full, vertical team was needed, both on contentious and non-contentious matters.’

    ‘I would have no hesitation in recommending the DLA insolvency team both for depth of experience and professional agility.’

    ‘Very commercial and approachable. Excellent client relationship skills an not unduly bogged down in legal niceties to see the bigger picture. Rob Russell leads a strong team always commercial and on point. Focused on solutions with a great feel for the risk appetite of their client.’

    ‘Chris Roberts is an excellent communicator and problem solver.’

    Katy Seago is a hard working, available and knowledgeable part of the DLA team. She consistently performs above lawyers used at other firms for her approach to customers in delicate situations and is consistently prepared.’

    ‘Chris Roberts guided us through an exceptionally difficult trading period and insolvency process driven by Covid-19.’

    ‘Chris Roberts is a great sounding board, always available to offer advice which is pragmatic and commercial, combined with strong technical knowledge.’

    ‘Robert Russell – an excellent team lead but also available as needed to be involved on the detail. Quality of service is always high.’

    Key clients

    Kroll Advisory Ltd

    Ernst & Young LLP

    Teneo Restructuring Limited

    Interpath Limited

    Close Brothers Limited

    Aurelius Investments Limited

    Gordon Brothers International

    ABN AMRO Asset Based Finance NV

    PwC

    Alteri Partners LLP

    Work highlights

    • Engaged by Alteri Partners LLP to provide advice in relation to its significant investment into Missguided Limited.
    • Acting for the Administrators of the Arcadia Group of companies in relation to all real estate matters and associated secured lender issues.
    • Advising on a trading administration of two North West based online retailers, followed by the sale of the entirety of both businesses.

    Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 1

    DLA Piper boasts an established team which advises major market-leading and innovative projects at national and regional levels, including heating schemes, solar energy and biogas projects. A key differentiator is also its offer of innovative tools such as an algorithm-based interactive training tool to support clients’ decision-making. Andrew S. Davies  heads the practice from Manchester with a wealth of experience in the water and energy sectors. Also based in Manchester, Liam Cowell is known for his ability to lead complex infrastructure projects while legal director Ben Morton is noted for his experience acting for sponsors, funders and procuring authorities across various sectors. Lorna Pattison is experienced in high-profile procurements.

    Practice head(s):

    Andrew S. Davies

    Other key lawyers:

    Ben Morton; Lauren Fisher; Hayley Mason; Liam Cowell; Lorna Pattison

    Testimonials

    ‘The service delivered by DLA Piper is professional and of a high standard. The advice is consistently strong with a committed approach to ensuring objectives are met.’

    ‘The team we work with on a regular basis thoroughly understand the complex nature of our sector and are skilled in communicating difficult legal principles to ensure the Client understands the position. The team are responsive and will swiftly act on any queries, fully supporting the Client’s requirements to enable project matters to close successfully.

    ‘The team has extensive experience of a range of PFI sectors, and practical experience of the operational issues associated with these projects.’

    ‘The team is led by Liam Cowell, with key individuals in Andrew Davies and Ben Morton. They provide a practical approach with commercial understanding and not just the dry legal arguments’

    ‘Their attention to detail is second to none. They are excellent at expressing different views in a non-confrontational manner. They listen and where appropriate amend their position and do not demonstrate ego in the manner that some firms do. I particularly enjoy working with Lauren Fisher.’

    ‘We have a long-standing relationship with DLA going back a number of years. This allows us to have positive conversations about our requirements with a supplier who is sensitive to our needs and objectives. It also means that although DLA provide specific specialisms, there is a high degree of collaboration and very positive support wherever we need it.’

    ‘We have worked with Liam Cowell for just over two years and he has been positive in finding us innovative solutions to difficult problems. His experience in the PFI sector is invaluable in this and being able to consider problems from all angles.’

    ‘Ben Morton remains as approachable as ever with his ‘can do’ attitude. Also special mention for Hayley Mason, we are really impressed with the quality and structure of her advice, clear and precise.

    Key clients

    SGN Commercial Services Limited

    Indaver Rivanhall Ltd

    Bio Capital Ltd

    FCC Environment Services (UK) Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Advised Tees Valley Combined Authority, Newcastle City Council and Durham County Council on the procurement of an energy recovery facility to treat c450,000 tonnes of waste each year.
    • Advising Yorkshire Water Services Limited on the creation of a framework to develop c100 sites into solar farms.
    • Advising Sellafield Ltd on two separate procurements for the procurement of nuclear waste storage units.

    Real estate > Commercial property: Liverpool Tier 1

    DLA Piper‘s commercial property practice continues to head the Liverpool market as the ‘extremely proactive‘ team handle large-scale investment work and high-profile regional development projects for local authorities. Alison Mills heads up the North West real estate practice, and is noted for her expertise in student accommodation matters. Mark Beardwood regularly works on major town-centre regeneration schemes, as well as single and multi-asset investment acquisitions and disposals. Real estate investment experts Richard Thompson and Richard Ascroft advise numerous pension funds and corporations on their property portfolios. Philip Rooney continued to support the team in his capacity as a consultant.

    Practice head(s):

    Alison Mills

    Testimonials

    ‘A very stable team.’

    ‘Extremely proactive team – standouts are Alison Mills and Richard Thompson.’

    Key clients

    Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited

    PGIM Real Estate

    Heineken UK Limited

    Downing Developments

    CBRE Global Investors

    LaSalle Investment Management

    Schroder Real Estate Managers

    Nuveen

    Elan Homes Limited

    Picton Capital

    John Lewis Partnership Pension Fund

    Liverpool Football Club

    Barings Real Estate Advisers

    Orchard Street Investment Management/St James’s Place UK Plc

    Elite Partners Capital

    Capital & Centric

    Greater Manchester Combined Authority

    Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council

    Transport for Greater Manchester

    Work highlights

    • Advising on a project in Southport which will provide a state of the art modern event space to continue the Council’s ambition to transform Southport into a thriving and vibrant visitor centre.
    • Advising Wirral Borough Council in connection with the first phase of their plan for the redevelopment of Birkenhead town centre. The value of the scheme is GBP75 million.
    • Advising a pension fund in connection with the funding of a new 369 bed hotel and restaurant as part of a mixed use development next to Paddington Station with a pre-let in place to Whitbread. The development value is GBP143 million.

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

    DLA Piper supports high calibre domestic and international clients on cloud computing, complex IT and business process outsourcing and insourcing, and systems integration matters. The team has particular capabilities in fintech and is well renowned for its public sector practice. Sarah Bell heads up the team, advising key clients on IT-related procurements. Lee Brierley leads the Manchester technology and sourcing department, while the Liverpool-based Peter Brook handles complex IT matters for the public sector. Legal directors Paddy Dwyer and Gemma Cowap bolster the Liverpool office, dealing with technology contracts and procurements and outsourcing projects, respectively. Stephen Wright joined the firm’s general counsel office.

    Practice head(s):

    Sarah Bell

    Testimonials

    ‘Our go-to team for legal contract and commercial matters. They have a wide range of expertise and can be relied upon to provide well thought through advice that is relevant to the technology under discussion.’

    ‘Peter Brook provides high-quality legal advice and brings in colleagues to advise on specific matters where required.’

    Work highlights

    • Advised Bentley Motors in respect of its global connected car program, a key component of its strategic digital transformation program.
    • Advised The Hut Group and its e-commerce services division, THG Ingenuity, on a number of high-profile end-to-end service partnership deals with the likes of Homebase, Mondelez International, Nestlé, Proctor & Gamble, PZ Cussons, Swedish Match and its own brands, such as Myprotein and lookfantastic.
    • Advised TalkTalk, MS3 Networks, OneWeb and other telecommunications service providers on a number of long-term services agreements for the supply of fibre products and services across the UK and broadband satellite internet services worldwide.

    North West > Transport Tier 1

    DLA Piper advises on market-leading transport transactions of local, national and international significance. Its multidisciplinary team works on infrastructure and construction projects, as well as financing matters including asset finance. Head of team Liam Cowell has extensive experience in large-scale road and rail infrastructure and related financing. Paul Giles leads the UK contentious construction team, acting for both public and private sector clients, whilst Alan Cunningham heads the asset finance practice with a particular focus on aircraft, shipping and super yacht finance. Typical of its high-value work is its role advising Transport for the North (TfN) on contracting and procurement for its ‘smart travel’ plan.

    Practice head(s):

    Liam Cowell

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘We have a long-standing relationship with DLA going back a number of years. This allows us to have positive conversations about our requirements with a supplier who is sensitive to our needs and objectives. It also means that although DLA provide specific specialisms, there is a high degree of collaboration and very positive support wherever we need it.’

    ‘We have worked with Liam Cowell for just over two years and he has been positive in finding us innovative solutions to difficult problems. His experience in the PFI sector is invaluable in this and being able to consider problems from all angles.’

    ‘Liam Cowell has been supported brilliantly  by Lorna Pattison and Maria Pereira who are both flexible and very focused on finding appropriate solutions.’

    ‘Still the best, worked with the team for many years, they provide realistic and pragmatic advice, an approachable team.’

    Key clients

    Welsh Ministers

    Transport for the North (TfN)

    Vinci Concessions, Vinci Highways, Implenia Schweiz AG

    Transport for Greater Manchester

    Highways England

    Work highlights

    • Advising Highways England on the procurement and construction documentation relating to the Lower Thames Crossing project.
    • Advising Transport for Greater Manchester on its proposed bus franchising scheme which seeks to reform the provision of bus services across Greater Manchester.
    • Advising the Welsh Ministers in relation to the transition away from the LIBOR financial benchmark to SONIA. The A465 project is the only UK PPP project that foresaw, accommodated, and set parameters around a transition to SONIA.

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

    Helmed by leading IP and IT partner John McKinlayDLA Piper is routinely engaged by a litany of blue-chip domestic and international clients seeking assistance in big-ticket commercial matters, ranging from procurements to outsourcing agreements. McKinlay is a key port of call for a number of world-leading brands and financial institutions, who turn to him for his expertise in complex contractual work. Senior associate Catriona Melton focuses on data protection and regulatory compliance, and possesses in-house experience in the offshore energy and financial services sectors, serving as key relationship manager to one of the UK’s major commercial banks. Senior associate Linzi Penman is noted for her capabilities in outsourcing and high-value projects, working with entities across the financial services, retail, and entertainment sectors.

    Practice head(s):

    John McKinlay

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘John McKinlay and Linzi Penman are knowledgeable, responsive, and seek to understand our business and concerns, ensuring that they focus on issues which are important to us.’

    ‘Strong team, real attention to detail resulting in a more efficient service.’

    ‘Linzi Penman strives to understand the client’s business, and delivers high-quality advice.’

    Key clients

    Scottish Water

    Fidelity International

    Heineken UK

    Merlin Entertainments

    The Highland Council

    Innovation Group

    Hyve Group plc

    Lumi

    Eco World

    Leidos Holdings

    Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 1

    An extensive roster of blue-chip MNCs and financial institutions turn to the ‘super responsive and industrious’ DLA Piper for representation in big-ticket, multi-jurisdictional deals. Practice co-chair Charles Cook drives many of the office’s most high-profile transactions, working with market-leading companies from the worlds of consumer goods, life sciences, and automotive manufacturing. Praised for his ‘highly intelligent and commercially perceptive’ approach, Noel Haywood specialises in M&A transactions, most notably in the consumer goods, food and retail sectors. Global manufacturing co-chair Tim Lake works closely with a number of the firm’s international clients on a steady flow of big-ticket acquisitions and disposals, while equity capital markets specialist Robert Newman routinely leads multi-million pound fundraisings for various AIM and Main Market-listed entities. Legal director Jonathan Clarke, a Turkish corporate and M&A specialist, also handles multiple insurance sector transactions, whereas senior associate Simon Wright is acclaimed for his fast-moving consumer goods expertise. Ryan Harrison, who joined from Browne Jacobson LLP in November 2021, works with major retailers on cross-border, commercial contract matters. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

    Practice head(s):

    Charles Cook; Noel Haywood

    Testimonials

    ‘Super-responsive and industrious. They know the market and fight your corner. When obstacles appear (as they do), they have the strength in-depth to explore every avenue and build clever solutions fast. They were also very personable to deal with – and worked really collaboratively with the wider team of advisors, shareholders and management.’

    ‘Noel Haywood is highly intelligent and commercially perceptive. Dedicated to establishing and achieving the client’s objectives.’

    ‘Simon Wright is knowledgeable, highly responsive and very personable. Certainly one to watch.’

     

    Key clients

    CoreLogic Inc

    CommVault Systems Inc

    Jaguar Land Rover

    Mitsubishi Logisnext

    Brookfield Properties

    Work highlights

    • Advised MKSI on the acquisition of Atotech Limited EV for $6.5bn.
    • Advised Noble Foods Group on the sale of Gü Puds to Exponent Private Equity
    • Advised the shareholders of Pangaea Laboratories Limited, a global beauty business, on its investment from Inflexion Private Equity.

    Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 1

    A formidable line-up of blue-chip corporations and financial services companies turn to DLA Piper’s tax team for assistance in complex, big-ticket deals. Mark Burgess possesses decades of experience advising a litany of public sector bodies and private companies in all areas of corporate and real estate taxation. Senior associate Nick Hinton maintains an equally broad focus, ranging from employee incentive share option arrangements to multi-million pound, transatlantic joint ventures. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.  

    Practice head(s):

    Mark Burgess

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    John Lewis Partnership Pension Fund

    Prologis

    MKS Instruments, Inc

    NatWest Group

    Universities Superannuation Scheme

    Dignity plc

    Deloitte

    Aviva

    AXA

    Sytner Group

    Harrison Street Real Estate

    Work highlights

    • Advising the founder and other shareholders of Pangaea in connection with Inflexion’s investment into the group.
    • Assiting Harrison Street Real Estate Capital in a tranasction involving the acquisition of a number of substantial real estate assets into a pre-existing joint venture with a separation of real estate ownership and research activities.
    • Advising an institutional investor client on the structure of a new fund investing in a joint venture property partnership.

    Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 1

    DLA Piper‘s commercial litigation practice is well equipped to handle the full range of national and international disputes. Neil Bowker, UK group head of litigation and regulatory, is highly experienced at handling complex domestic and cross border disputes. Nick Bamford has a long history dealing with contractual claims and allegations of financial misconduct, focusing on the hospitality and financial sectors. Phillip Kelly has a strong focus on dealing with high value strategic disputes relating to civil fraud, technology and outsourcing.

    Practice head(s):

    Nicholas Bamford

    Other key lawyers:

    Neil Bowker; Philip Kelly; Siona Spillett; Laura Moorcroft

    Testimonials

    ‘The commercial savvy, rigour and ruthless instincts of a London City firm; but with a regional price tag.’

    ‘Nick Bamford is unflappable. The only person you want in your corner in a commercial negotiation.’

    ‘DLA’s Birmingham litigation team is truly outstanding. It is lean, efficient and effective, punches above its weight, and capably goes toe to toe with big London firms. Features that stand out are the quality and dedication of the team’s lawyers. They engage in and understand the legal complexities of cases in a way and to a level that is hard to find elsewhere, whilst also having a firm grasp of the commercial side of any dispute. They always fight tooth and nail to secure the best outcomes.’

    ‘Neil Bowker is a great team leader, a safe pair of hands, and has impeccable commercial insight. Great is a tight spot and always in command of the strategic picture.’

    ‘Nick Bamford is an outstanding litigator on every level. He picks up and retains the detail of a matter with remarkable ease. And his strategic insight into the dynamics of a case are second-to-none.’

    ‘Laura Moorcroft is a star individual. She is truly outstanding, and an absolute delight to work with on a personal level. She is super-responsive, has amazing dedication and work-rate and speed, and manages to stay on top of all the detail of several massive cases at once.’

    ‘A formidable commercial practice with a global reach – they excel at dealing with difficult cases for difficult clients.’

    ‘Nick Bamford leads the Birmingham commercial practice with real aplomb. An excellent tactician and a fine lawyer.’

    Key clients

    IHG Hotels Limited

    Department of Health and Social Care

    Renova Industries Limited et. al.

    IHG Hotels Limited

    HSBC UK Bank PLC

    Marriott Hotels International Limited / Marriott Hotels Limited

    Westland Horticulture Limited

    Dignity Funerals Limited

    Portaltech Reply Limited

    Vinler International Limited

    Assa Abloy Limited

    Permastore Limited

    Finning (UK) Limited

    Villapana SPA

    Avison Young – UK, LLP

    Lotus Bakeries Corporate NV

    Cycas Hospitality BV

    Tower Supplies

    Reckitt Benckiser Health Limited

    Harworth Estates (Waverley Prince) Limited, part of Harworth Group Plc

    Work highlights

    • Instructions in connection with a series of complex proceedings brought in the BVI quantified at $900 million involving multiple jurisdictions (UK, BVI, Russia, Cyprus and Switzerland).
    • Pursuing a claim for the recovery of fees due from the supermarket chain, Iceland, to Portaltech. Defending a cross-claim for damages and in particular, deploying the terms of an exclusion clause in Portaltech’s favour. Applying for the termination of a preliminary issue on the exclusion clause and ultimately forcing Iceland to concede by accepting an earlier Part 36 offer, leading to Portaltech recovering a substantial proportion of its outstanding fees and costs.
    • Advising DHSC in connection with very high profile judicial review proceedings commenced by the Good Law Project relating to antibody testing contracts.
    • Obtaining an injunction for Marriott in December 2020 following an urgent and life-threatening situation. More recently in December 2021, obtaining an order for the extension of the injunction through to June 2022.

    Employment Tier 1

    DLA Piper excels in advising on high-profile and complex employment tribunal and High Court litigation for a range of key local and national clients, usually on issues as diverse as wrongful/unfair dismissal through to whistleblowing and discrimination claims. Under the direction of Emma Phillips, the group has played a pivotal role in numerous multi-jurisdictional projects. Sandra Wallace is also recommended for her work on issues such as business reorganisations and diversity issues. Lisa Hodgson is a primary contact for a number of well-known names in the high-end retail arena.

    Practice head(s):

    Testimonials

    ‘A broad team with a very diverse range of expertise, able to cover the full spectrum of employment law for its clients in the region. Sandra Wallace has enormous expertise and experience which enables her to provide a brilliant service for her clients.

    The team is a good blend of partners & associates; always available when needed, with pragmatic advice.

    The team is very responsive, with good strength in depth. The lawyers understand our business and are able to anticipate our position on a range of issues. The team coordinates the provision of a global helpline and goes above and beyond to facilitate the smooth delivery of advice globally. Emma Philips – technically excellent and exceptional client service. Lisa Hodgson – very good sounding board, able to balance legal knowledge and practical/commercial application.

    Commercial approach, speedy responses, always available, good relationship building, excellent understanding of the business and adapt advice as needed. Sandra Wallace – always available to discuss key issues, very supportive with a commercial approach. Lisa Hodgson – excellent lawyer, always available, always very responsive, very commercial in her approach, considers all aspects and provides options, very knowledgeable.

    The team in DLA’s Birmingham office is excellent. The lawyers are responsive, well-prepared, legally savvy, and always prepared to go the extra mile. Bethan Odey – very helpful, great advice, commercial, works with us to find solutions. Samantha Haglington – very helpful whenever our main partners are not available and has also done some great work for us on a project.

    DLA Piper strikes the perfect balance between having lawyers who are available, responsive, willing to roll up their sleeves when necessary, legally able, and commercial in their approach.  Lisa Hodgson is extremely impressive. She knows the detail of a case back to front, is on top of the factual and commercial issues, but is also acutely aware of the legal issues arising from any given set of facts. Clients have confidence in her advice because she is able to speak authoritatively and from the benefit of experience. She is the perfect all-rounder.

    ‘The team has strength in depth, with a solid understanding of employment law and litigation amongst all its practitioners. No matter who you are working with, you are assured that they know the case and the law well. Matt Jeavons is good at balancing client expectations against the requirements of the courts, and brings clients along with him on the litigation journey. He is great at identifying the correct balance between legal and commercial and practical needs.

    ‘Stand-out lawyers in the employment team are Samantha Haglington and Matt Jeavons – both are technically excellent, commercially focused and fantastic to work with. I cannot fault them.

    Key clients

    C&J Clark International UK Limited (Clarks)

    Boparan Limited (2 Sisters Food Group and Northern Foods)

    Synopsys, Inc

    Dyson Technology Limited

    Shure UK Limited

    Hilton Hotels UK Limited

    Genting Casinos

    Sodexo

    National Grid

    Lomondo Limited (Melia Hotels)

    Dignity plc

    Crawford & Company

    Superdry

    Valentino

    Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy

    Parfums Christian Dior

    RCI Europe

    Prologis

    Infosys

    Work highlights

    • Provided a global employment helpdesk service with a dedicated team of employment lawyers globally to provide an on demand advice service, accessed by Dyson Legal and HR across 33 countries. Designed, launched and managed by the employment team in Birmingham.
    • Advising Clarks on a wholesale change to terms and conditions of employment impacting c.800 UK based employees at its head office and distribution centres. The matter received significant press coverage as part of the trade union and political campaign against fire and rehire strategies to legitimately effect changes to terms and conditions of employment. The team advised at all stages.
    • Designed a tailored workshop for a client’s investigative team covering race and sexual harassment investigations, including a detailed case study; an in-depth look at specific concerns in such investigations; delivering a pilot session; and then delivering a full programme to 30 specialist investigators.

    Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

    With extensive corporate and finance capabilities, DLA Piper‘s West Midlands team has the ability to handle large scale international deals, particularly those relating to leveraged finance, real estate finance and fully syndicated asset based lending. Stephen Bottley is a leading figure in the UK market who acts for local, national and international clients in matters concerning growth finance, sponsor backed acquisitions and the financing of large corporate groups. Legal director Gemma Lawrence specialises in leveraged and large corporate transactions, acting as lead on multi-jurisdictional transactions. Senior associate Gemma Rooney acts for financial institutions and corporate borrowers on a variety of lending transactions, particularly within real estate.

    Practice head(s):

    David Trott (London); Sarah Day (Leeds)

    Other key lawyers:

    Stephen Bottley; Gemma Lawrence; Neetu Sehdev; Will Sherwin; Gemma Rooney

    Testimonials

    ‘DLA Piper has a strong team with a wide breadth of experience and depth of resource in order to attribute an optimum transaction team to each deal. . We are a repeat user and would recommend the firm to others.’

    ‘Stephen Bottley and Gemma Lawrence have extensive deal experience. They are diligent to ensure that all legal protections are afforded to their clients, scoping deals appropriately but priced fairly to maximise value-add provided.’

    Key clients

    Dignity Group

    Investec Bank plc

    RPS Group plc

    CVS Group PLC

    Barclays Bank PLC

    HSBC UK Bank plc

    Clinigen Group plc

    Silicon Valley Bank

    Work highlights

    • Advising RPS Group plc on its refinancing of its revolving facility commitments and additional term debt from LGIM and Aviva. A cross border transaction involving eight jurisdictions across 3 continents, and including the repayment of notes pursuant to an existing note purchase agreement.
    • Advising CVS in respect of its facilities with HSBC, AIB, Natwest and Bank of Ireland, which were restated during the year to deal with the LIBOR changes amongst other matters. We have also advised in relation to Corporate treasury matters including hedging arrangements, intra group financing arrangements and other ancillary matters in relation to financing. The group has operations in the Netherlands and Ireland as well as across the UK and we provide seamless advice across these jurisdictions from our DLA Piper teams.
    • Advising Hercules Capital, Inc. on its $55m venture growth debt financing of the carwow group which is based in the UK and Germany. The deal involved a multi-jurisdictional DLA team based in the US, UK and Germany.   Carwow is a UK-based group which runs an online platform for buying new and used vehicles from franchised dealers. The proceeds of the financing will be used towards growing the group’s “Sell Your Car” division over the next month.

    Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

    The restructuring and insolvency team at DLA Piper handles complex matters on a local, national and international scale. The firm offers expertise in sectors key to the Midlands, including the automotive, hospitality and leisure sectors. Huw Dolphin leads the team with extensive experience in corporate restructuring, refinancing and insolvency work and a focus on non-contentious and transactional work. Legal director Deborah Brown has considerable knowledge in handling real estate assets within formal appointments and financial restructures.

    Practice head(s):

    Huw Dolphin

    Other key lawyers:

    Deborah Brown; Aino Vuorio

    Key clients

    EY- Parthenon

    Lloyds Banking Group

    HSBC UK Bank plc

    Kroll

    Nat West

    Teneo

    Interpath

    Alvarez & Marsal

    Close Brothers

    PwC

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Lloyds as lenders to the company behind the landmark Birmingham hotel and restaurant in The Cube. Carried out the appointment of Kroll as administrators in 2021 and have since advised on the appointment of managing agents, trading issues and a sales process
    • Continued acting for the administrators of L K Bennett, one of the highest profile retail administrations in recent years.
    • Acting for HSBC in respect of the realisation of assets in the UK and US from a debtor group which went through a pre-packaged insolvency.

    Real estate > Planning Tier 1

    DLA Piper‘s formidable planning practice is routinely engaged to advise on some of the most consequential civic and commercial projects taking place in the market, both at the regional and national level. The practice is headed up by Trevor Ivory, who is regularly sought out by developers, landowners, and public sector bodies for assistance with large-scale strategic development projects and planning appeals. The ‘magisterialHoward Bassford is reputed for his capabilities in infrastructure projects, ranging from energy plants to rail schemes. Senior associate Pieter Claussen focuses on compulsory purchase law and associated compensation issues, while legal director Ian Graves is noted for his experience advising on major regeneration schemes. Legal director Amy Truman concentrates on city centre urban regeneration and urban expansion schemes, including associated environmental impact assessments. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

    Practice head(s):

    Trevor Ivory

    Testimonials

    ‘This is a very responsive team with a pool of talented junior lawyers. The level of detailed knowledge of junior lawyers is outstanding.’

    ‘Howard Bassford’s wider knowledge of railways and matters not directly related to planning but that impact the advice he gives (e.g. Government practices) is highly prized to us.’

    ‘Friendly, down to earth and approachable, they have excellent knowledge and experience and have helped guide our responses and approach to an imminent DCO Examination.’

    ‘Ian Graves has been calm and knowledgeable providing timely advice and documentation for our case and helping us to plot our way through the legal complexities.’

    ‘Howard Bassford is magisterial on infrastructure planning matters.’

    ‘An excellent knowledge of the wider planning legal context and advice provided that is pragmatic and well informed commercially’

    ‘Trevor Ivory is the best planning lawyer I have worked with in my long career.’

    ‘Trevor Ivory with all his experience is one of the best in the business and Pieter Claussen is soaking up all Trevor’s knowledge and developing rapidly.’

    Key clients

    HS2 Limited

    MEPC

    National Grid

    Oval Properties

    National Highways

    Ark Data Centres

    East West Rail Company

    Pigeon Land Limited

    Southend United Football Club

    Affinity Water

    HS1 Limited

    Mace Group

    Norfolk Homes Limited

    Griffen

    Eskmuir

    Land Trust

    Ocean Outdoor Media

    Cheshire West and Chester Council

    Cheyne Capital

    Investec

    Football Association

    Busy Bees

    LaSalle/Citygrove

    Aviva

    Tata Group

    Aggregate Industries

    Cemex

    Liverpool City Council

    Salesforce

    This is Gravity Limited

    Manchester Airport Group

    Environment Agency

    Colt Technology Services

    Work highlights

    • Advising Oval Real Estate on their proposals to comprehensively redevelop a large tranche of the Birmingham district, Digbeth.
    • Advising East West Rail Company Limited on the preparation and promotion of a development consent order to authorise the construction and operation of a new railway line between Cambridge and Bedford (with onward connections to Oxford).
    • Advising MEPC on a planning application for a 49 storey build to rent building known as the Octagon, which was approved in the summer and on a section 73 application to vary the outline approval for the remainder of the Paradise redevelopment, both of which involved environmental impact assessments.

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 1

    DLA Piper‘s highly reputable intellectual property team handles a broad portfolio of contentious and non-contentious IP work within the retail, media and hospitality sectors, often with cross-jurisdictional elements. Along with Richard Taylor, Gareth Stokes co-leads the practice with a focus on licensing, exploitation and collaboration agreements. Senior associate Satnam Sahota has vast experience handling IP matters within the UK and the Middle East and has taken on matters in the High Court for the Premiere League.

    Practice head(s):

    Richard Taylor; Gareth Stokes

    Key clients

    Premier League

    JOE Media

    Guerbet

    Medtronic

    Alusmasc

    Thomas International

    Westland Horticulture

    ResMed

    Heineken

    Baker Hughes

    Work highlights

    • Act for the provider of the world’s most valuable sporting league in relation to a large scale pan-UK enforcement action for copyright infringement.
    • Represent Greencastle in the High Court its passing off claim against world-renowned former professional rugby players James Haskell and Mike Tindall, and well-known TV presenter Alex Payne.
    • Advising Medtronic on a range of IP issues in its contracts with its large customers (being both public and private healthcare providers), and negotiating those contracts on its behalf to ensure that its extremely valuable IP in the products that Medtronic manufactures and sells to such customers is fully protected.

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

    DLA Piper is an international heavyweight involved in a number of large scale international projects. The team is expert in advising clients in the banking, insurance, manufacturing and life sciences sectors. Gareth Stokes  leads the team and co-leads the firm’s global AI practice. Phillip Kelly is in charge of the Technology Disputes team and an expert in complex cross-border disputes with a focus on financial services. Jen Dale has worked on major outsourcing projects on both a national and international scale. As well as outsourcing, her expertise includes financial services and telecoms.

    Practice head(s):

    Gareth Stokes

    Other key lawyers:

    Philip Kelly; Jen Dale; Dan Cowley; Michael Stead

    Testimonials

    ‘Great strength and depth, vast reach across specialisms and jurisdictions.’

    ‘They can be trusted to relay complex information to business teams in a way that is easy to understand. The team have demonstrated a deep understanding of the underlying technology and processes utilised in modern global enterprises.’

    ‘Michael Stead is natural at picking up the intricacies of complex commercial matters and understands internal client politics and ways of working very easily.’

    ‘Gareth Stokes is a highly valued advisor who easily navigates multi-layered deals. He goes above and beyond to understand customer\’s needs and the role of in-house counsel in the context of the wider business.’

    Key clients

    AIB

    Thomas International

    GKN

    Cydea

    Dignity Funerals

    HSBC

    Coventry Building Society

    Rolls Royce

    Dyson

    Medtronic

    Work highlights

    • Advising AIB on its highly publicised Mainframe and Hybrid Cloud arrangements with IBM. The project involved AIB investing in new mainframe hardware (IBM’s latest z15 mainframe computing platform) and related services. To support the new hardware, AIB has also contracted for new services arrangements, and taken IBM’s hybrid cloud offering. This represents one of the largest high performance computing deals in Ireland. https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252510987/AIB-signs-up-to-z15-powered-transformation
    • Advising REE on a variety of matters, including Government funding for its REECorner electric vehicle platform. The project involved licensing ad technology sharing agreements with the Advanced Propulsion Centre. It brings additional advanced automotive-sector technologies to the region.
    • Advising Coventry Building Society on an innovative RegTec deal to implement an automated solution into its regulatory compliance team. The Suade solution replaces a highly manual process with a machine-learning driven RegTec engine. Inevitably the solution is itself a regulated outsourcing, requiring the solution to be implemented in compliance with relevant Financial Services regulations for outsourcing of critical/important functions.

    Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 1

    DLA Piper offers an ‘unrivalled level of access to partners’ combining ‘clear advice’ with ‘access to a wider internal network.’ Its broad practice especially supports clients from the (renewable) energy, hospitality and leisure, healthcare, retail and technology sectors, among others. It is particularly noted for its activity in M&A and private equity deals; team co-head Andrew Davies is a key contact here, while his fellow practice leader Matthew Duncombe deals with commercial matters such as supply chain arrangements, services and consultancy agreements. Stephen Atkinson and Victoria Rhodes are sought after by healthcare clients. John Gallon covers a broad range of transactions, and Amar Mann is well versed in the infrastructure and financial services space. Director Milena Falciano-Padron is another key contact in commercial matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Andrew Davies; Matthew Duncombe

    Testimonials

    ‘Despite being a large firm DLA feel like that have a very personal approach. They have approached matters in a flexible and open way, willing to adjust their approach to our needs and resourcing.’

    ‘Victoria Rhodes has been great at being on hand when needed and making herself available at short notice. She has provided insightful guidance when navigating new territory.’

    ‘The unrivaled level of access to partners throughout our dealings means that not only do we get clear advice but also access to their wider internal network. This is the key strength – being able to cover different disciplines (IP, regulation, property etc), and across multiple geographies, via one point of contact.’

    ‘The quality of advice but also the clear instructions throughout. Problems are not just flagged but solutions are found to continue to move things forward. I would also highlight the quality of dealings with other parties whether that be on the buy side or sell side. The ability to forge positive relationships with numerous parties throughout a transaction ultimately led to a efficient and successful close.’

    ‘Quick to react, large scope of services.’

    ‘Amar Maan was extremely reactive at any time, understood all our requirements well and always acted in an accurate way.’

    Key clients

    Sun Capital

    Paul International

    HIG Capital

    Domino’s

    Bacardi

    Vita Coco

    Intercontinental Hotels Group

    Tioopo Capital

    thebigword Group

    Triplepoint Capital

    Severfield

    Tetra Tech UK

    Pelsis Limited

    Adler & Allan Limited

    Wescom Signal & Rescue

    Hive Energy Limited

    Brickability Group plc

    Learning Technologies Group plc

    Merlin Entertainment

    Inspired Pet Nutrition

    Work highlights

    • Advised Ramsay Healthcare on its acquisition of Elysium Group for £775m from BC Partners and the Elysium management team following a competitive auction process.
    • Advised Brickability Group plc on the acquisition of Taylor Maxwell Group, national supplier of facades and timber-products for consideration of up to £63m.
    • Advised Gap Inc on its JV with Next Plc in relation to Gap’s ongoing presence in the UK.

    Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 1

    DLA Piper has a well-established practice in Sheffield, which can effortlessly assist clients with local, national and international matters. The group has special know-how in the energy, TMT, infrastructure, industrials, manufacturing and sports sectors. Besides its traditional corporate and M&A practice, its offering also includes takeovers, IPOs and secondary fundraises; practice co-head Rob McKie is a key contact in these instructions. His fellow team leader Amanda Pilkington covers a range of commercial queries. Richard May handles joint ventures and reorganisations, and David Beech can advise on strategic private equity investments. Roger Gough has now left the firm.

    Practice head(s):

    Rob McKie; Amanda Pilkington

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Learning Technologies Group plc

    ZOO Digital Group plc

    Gasrec

    THE World Universities Insights

    Square Inc

    Bridgstock Limited

    TES Global

    Discovery Inc

    QA

    Richard Sanderson

    PUMA UK

    University of Sheffield

    Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    Department of Health and Social Care and United Kingdom Health Security Agency

    Work highlights

    • Advised THE on its acquisition of Insider Higher Ed.
    • Acting for Discovery, Inc on its minority equity investment in GB News.
    • Advised Learning Technologies Group on its acquisition of a strategic provider of online Diversity and Inclusion training solutions for an initial cash consideration of £13.2m.

    Dispute resolution > Banking litigation Tier 1

    Noted for its ‘great breadth and depth‘, DLA Piper regularly acts for UK clearing banks, accounting firms, international financial institutions and building societies. Beyond its traditional litigation-support offering, the team is also increasingly active in matters relating to the fintech sector, Covid-related lending and ESG topics; instructions are often of a cross-border nature. Practice head Adam Ibrahim has a ‘keen strategic brain, and plain-speaking manner, loved by banking clients for giving clear advice’. Senior consultant Hugh Evans has longstanding experience in cases relating to product mis-selling, derivatives, performance bonds, and mortgages. Chris Harvey, Sohail Ali and legal director Claire Clayton-Steadare very hardworking and a pleasure to deal with.’

    Practice head(s):

    Adam Ibrahim

    Testimonials

    ‘The Banking Team and DLA (Leeds) are outstanding. Clearly undertaking work that might usually be dealt with by London firms. The collaborative way in which they work is valued enormously.’

    ‘First class banking litigation team. Always a delight to work with. Team has great breadth and depth from elder statesmen like Hugh Evans through to rising stars like Sohail Ali and Claire Clayton-Stead.’

    ‘Adam Ibrahim is a longstanding partner with a keen strategic brain, and plain-speaking manner, loved by banking clients for giving clear advice. Knows how to manage client expectations with the unpredictability of litigation and the courts.’

    ‘They are all over the details, and very knowledgeable and experienced in the area.’

    ‘Everyone I have worked with is very conscientious, hands on, and knowledgeable about the sector.’

    ‘Chris Harvey was outstanding during our case. The business team were really impressed at his ability to breakdown complex concepts.’

    ‘Special praise to for Sohail Ali, Claire Clayton-Stead and Chris Harvey. All of them are very hardworking and a pleasure to deal with.’

    ‘Stand out candidates are Adam Ibrahim and Hugh Evans who combine experience and commerciality so well. They organise their teams very efficiently.’

    Key clients

    Bank of Ireland

    Lloyds Banking Group (including Bank of Scotland)

    NatWest Group

    Goldman Sachs

    Leeds Building Society

    Virgin Money UK Plc (including Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank)

    ANZ Bank

    Syndicate Bank and Canara Bank

    Deutsche Bank

    New Day

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Clydesdale Bank plc t/a Virgin Money in significant mortgage claims.
    • Acting for NatWest Markets PLC in relation to a claim in which allegations were made against the banks for breach of contractual and tortious duties of care and breach of implied terms in relation to the sale of interest rate derivatives.

    Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

    The ‘commercially savvy and legally knowledgeable‘ team at DLA Piper is regularly instructed by national and international companies, often from the IT, technology, transport and construction sectors. The practice has experience in pension and trust litigation, professional negligence claims, arbitration and other forms of ADR, and also offers support on contract management issues and investigations. Simon Kenyon specialises in assisting users and suppliers of IT, commercial and outsourcing services; he leads the group together with David Young, who also excels in human rights and corporate governance issues. Legal director Kathryn Ford is highlighted for her contract disputes expertise. Paul Stone retired.

    Practice head(s):

    Simon Kenyon; David Young

    Other key lawyers:

    Kathryn Ford; Joanna Haigh

    Testimonials

    ‘Really outstanding in my view: commercially savvy and legally knowledgeable.’

    ‘Simon Kenyon is outstanding: great with clients and combines excellent understanding of the legal issues with a fine nose for the commercial realities of the underlying dispute. Really understands what his clients need.’

    ‘The team have all bases covered and you can bet that whatever the issue, someone in the team will have dealt with it before. This is incredibly reassuring as a client and is a real USP of this team.’

    ‘Really client friendly and practical advice – focused on commercial outcome, not just legal outcome.’

    ‘Diverse, well equipped, responsive, professional team who are able to quickly analyse commercial/legal challenges in order to quickly provide meaningful advice to their client.’

    ‘The team is well led and is thorough but adaptable to client needs/budgets. Other firms say that they seek to understand client’s businesses and requirements – this one actually does.’

    ‘David Young – bright, thorough and responsive.’

    ‘I have always found the lawyers within DLA Piper to be extremely pragmatic, solution orientated and very commercially and outcomes focused.’

    Work highlights

    • Represented Bacardi UK Limited in successfully defending a £50m claim under a guarantee.
    • Represented Deutsch Bank in successfully defending unpaid commission claims.

    Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 1

    DLA Piper has a ‘commercially minded team of litigation specialists who understand the technology world and strive to help the client to achieve its goals’. The broad practice is well versed in the TMT, industrial, mining, transport, construction and banking spaces, and acts in the full range of commercial disputes including contract, tort, fraud and restitution mandates, injunctions and enforcement issues. Team leader Richard Norman has particular knowledge of the IT and telecoms area, while Mick Lawlor is often involved in cross-border cases. Senior associate Barney Connell is another key name.

    Practice head(s):

    Richard Norman

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘DLA has been extremely responsive each time we have asked for their support. They genuinely try to find a solution and have a great team of specialists to address the various complex issues we can be facing. They value the client relationship and transparently share any potential conflict situation seeking our views.’

    ‘Richard Norman has demonstrated a perfect understanding of our business, is hands on and really supportive.’

    ‘Commercially minded team of litigation specialists who understand the technology world and strive to help our business achieve its goals.’

    ‘The DLA Piper attorneys really know our company well and provide knowledgeable and valuable guidance.’

    ‘It is always great to work with Richard Norman who understand our needs and have a ‘can-do’ attitude to solving our problems.’

    Key clients

    Atos

    DB Cargo

    Coal Authority

    Boots plc

    CBRE

    Arconic

    Robert Bosch UK Holdings Limited

    Gamma Telecom

    Tata Communications

    Adobe

    Telenor

    Verizon

    Crowdstrike Inc

    IP Integration

    ADM

    Neos Networks

    NTT

    Work highlights

    • Defending the University of Law up to the Court of Appeal against allegations of discrimination.
    • Acting for Arconic Architectural Products SAS in defence of various claims brought in respect of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

    Employment > Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

    DLA Piper primarily act for employers on the full gamut of employment law issues. The team has particular expertise in handling sensitive whistleblowing and workplace harassment cases in addition to advising on the gig economy, with Uber as one of its key clients. Advising both private and public sector clients, practice head Jane Hannon is supported by legal director Chris Baker; the pair have extensive experience handling global restructuring projects.

    Practice head(s):

    Jane Hannon

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The team are experts in their field and provide a comprehensive service.’

    ‘For businesses based in various jurisdictions, it is beneficial to have ease of access to DLA Pipers international experts in those jurisdictions such as Europe and the U.S.’

    ‘Jane Hannon is very approachable and has a positive attitude in providing advice both from a legal and practical stand point.’

    Key clients

    Uber

    New Balance

    Anglo American

    Persimmon Homes

    OneTrust

    Howden Joinery Group

    Stanley Black & Decker

    Dentsu Aegis

    ITV

    LSL Property Services

    Work highlights

    • Advised Uber in relation to implications of the UK Supreme Court decision in February 2021 that Uber drivers have workers’ rights.
    • Supported Dentsu Aegis on return to office issued on a global basis in relation to the Covid -19 pandemic.

    Employment > Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire Tier 1

    DLA Piper‘s employment practice maintains a strong reputation for multi-jurisdictional work. It continues to develop its expertise in the gig economy as well as regularly handling mandates in the manufacturing, hospitality and retail sectors. Clare Gregory leads the team and has extensive experience in TUPE, outsourcing and senior executive severances. Gurpreet Duhra has a broad practice that includes collective employment issues and disputes.

    Practice head(s):

    Clare Gregory

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Partner level interaction, supervision and control; but with appropriate engagement of junior staff.’

    ‘Clare Gregory is a superb employment lawyer and someone you want on your side. Clare has a unique ability to distill complicated fact patterns from the views of multiple stakeholders into clearly defined issues.’

    Key clients

    Laver Leisure Limited

    University of Sheffield

    Finastra

    Mothercare

    Dreams

    Rolls Royce

    Merlin

    Ardagh

    Puma

    DSG Retail

    Work highlights

    • Providing a full suite of training to those in management positions in relation to diversity and inclusion.
    • Advising a client on the reorganisation of the client’s UK business, which includes proposals to merge several businesses (triggering the application of TUPE), make headcount reductions and change employees’ terms and conditions of employment.

    Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

    Focusing on non-contentious mandates, DLA Piper assists board members and senior management in managing risks and on general health and safety compliance issues. The group has a strong national presence, with offices across the UK and is frequently involved in multi-jurisdictional mandates. Teresa Hitchcock leads the team and has a diverse practice that covers product safety and food safety, amongst others. Director Ailish Oxenforth and Alastair Clough are other key practitioners; the latter leads on the firm’s SHE advice on transactional matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Teresa Hitchcock

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘DLA Piper have provided many years of invaluable advice to our business. Their service is professional from the outset, to the point, with a clear focus on the desired outcome.’

    ‘Teresa Hitchcock is very personable. She has a breadth of experience and is always happy to offer advice and support.’

    Key clients

    Arconic Corporation

    VolkerRail Limited

    Modulaire Group

    Formula E Operations Limited

    Stryker European Operations Limited

    FM Insurance Company Ltd

    August Equity Partners III

    DB Cargo

    Wilko Limited

    Ball Corporation

    Work highlights

    • Acted on behalf of Arconic Corporation throughout Phase 1 of the Public Inquiry that was established to investigate the circumstances surrounding the fire at Grenfell Tower, and continues into Phase 2, which commenced in January 2020.
    • Acted on behalf of VolkerRail Limited in a prosecution brought by the Office of Road and Rail in relation to an accident which occurred in 2014, during a rail improvement project.
    • Advising Axa Real Estate Investment Managers UK Ltd on implementing a health and safety governance structure and guiding them on health and safety responsibilities relating to property and property management companies.

    Projects, energy and natural resources (including PFI) > Infrastructure and energy Tier 1

    DLA Piper handles high-end energy mandates, particularly in the renewables sector, as well as transport infrastructure projects, as demonstrated by its advice to National Highways on the £7bn Lower Thames Crossing Project. The team is collectively led by global chair of energy and natural resources, Natasha Luther-Jones, Ben Peecock, Teresa Hitchcock, Ian Doig and Robert Smith, who has experience in the transport and regeneration sectors. Luther-Jones advises on the development, construction and operation of renewable energy assets, and has been instrumental in spearheading the firm’s corporate power purchase agreement practice. Other key members of the team include Stephen Atkinson and senior associate Jennifer Keogh.

    Practice head(s):

    Natasha Luther-Jones; Robert Smith; Ben Peecock; Teresa Hitchcock; Ian Doig

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Prime Capital AG

    NTR Plc

    Greencoat Wind UK Plc

    Elgin Energy

    Greencoat Solar Assets I Limited and Greencoat Solar Assets II Limited

    Equitix

    Nord/LB

    Investec Bank

    Ignitis grupė UAB

    City of London

    Power Capital

    Kommunalkredit

    Greencoat renewables PLC

    Commerz Real

    AB InBev

    UK Department for Transport (DfT)

    Transport North East

    National Highways

    Transport for Greater Manchester

    Agility Trains

    Boston Scientific

    Work highlights

    • Advised Elgin Energy on the sale of a 519MW portfolio of solar PV projects and 70MW of co-located energy storage capacity to ScottishPower Renewables (UK) Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of global utility Iberdrola Group.
    • Acted as legal adviser to Coöperative Rabobank U.A., Landesbank Baden-Württemberg and Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale as the lenders to Highfield Solar Limited in the financing of two separate solar energy projects in Ireland, with a total capacity of 282 MWp.
    • Advising National Highways on the Lower Thames Crossing Project, a £7bn+ twin bored tunnel under the River Thames.

    Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

    Noted for its capability in handling cross-border commercial property deals, DLA Piper’s client roster includes global corporate and household names such as NatWest Group, InterContinental Hotels Group and British Airways. Real estate litigator John Kittle leads the practice, while Andrew Clarke advises on a broad range of transactions, from acquisitions and new building developments to the disposal of assets and share sales. Tim Field acts for financial institutions, corporate occupiers, airlines and developers, as well as for life science and healthcare providers. Susan Samuel is noted for her expertise in the hospitality and leisure sectors, and Ruth Williamson advises on the acquisition and disposal of large property portfolios.

    Practice head(s):

    John Kittle

    Testimonials

    ‘The team handles international commercial property deals for us. They are very effective at finding the right lawyer in the right place around the world to handle these. They coordinate our requirements from Leeds which drives our costs down without compromising quality of work.’

    ‘Andrew Clarke is quick, efficient and very sharp. We have great confidence in the advice that he provides and the service of his team.’

    ‘The commercial property team we deal with in Leeds have our full confidence to be able to handle work, whatever the size, to the highest professional standards.’

    ‘I have worked with Susan Samuel for many years and she is a standout partner in the firm. She knows our sector inside out and understands our business requirements when it comes to legal support needs. She is extremely responsive, a problem solver and a genuinely helpful and supportive member of our outside counsel.’

    Key clients

    Redical Holdings AG

    Harrison Street Real Estate

    Puma

    NatWest Group PLC

    Heineken

    GE Energy

    HSBC Bank Plc

    British Airways

    Merlin Entertainments

    Tate & Lyle

    Ramsay Healthcare

    Solvay

    Lime

    Kentucky Fried Chicken

    Maria Mallaband Care Homes Group

    Hain Daniels

    Algeco

    Sytner

    Interpath Advisory

    Telereal Trillium

    Avison Young

    Real estate > Commercial property: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 1

    DLA Piper’s ‘professional, responsive and approachable team’ is led by Nigel Howard, who acts for developers, public bodies, landowners, multinational corporates and financial institutions and specialises in regeneration projects. Praised for its ‘in-depth understanding of purpose-built student accommodation matters’, consultant Stephen Blacksell is noted for his expertise in this space, while Mark Keeling focuses on sales and acquisitions, landlord and tenant matters, as well as corporate and finance work involving large portfolios. The Sheffield-based team also has demonstrable experience across the industrials, energy and natural resources, education and retail sectors.

    Practice head(s):

    Nigel Howard

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘A highly professional, responsive and approachable team that is very easy to work with and always helpful and pragmatic.’

    ‘Mark Keeling is clear, concise and translates complex details into simple terms.’

    ‘In-depth understanding of purpose-built student accommodation matters.’

    Key clients

    Wavin (Orbia)

    Tata Steel UK Ltd

    Langley Properties Limited (MAS REI)

    University of Sheffield

    ITM Power Plc

    Watkin Jones

    Sheffield Wednesday Football Club Limited

    Ansys UK Limited

    Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Roundhill Capital

    Tes Global Limited

    Coal Products Limited

    Tarmac

    ASD Limited

    Tapton Estates

    University of Sheffield

    Debenhams Plc

    GE Energy

    HSBC Bank Plc

    Newell Rubbermaid

    Price Check Toiletries

    Rhodia UK Limited

    Solvay

    Mothercare

    CA Ventures via a SPV wholly owned by CA Student Living UK Holdings Limited

    Heygate & Sons

    Miller Homes Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advising Tata Steel UK on a variety of issues relating to its property portfolio and as part of that mandate acting on the 1300 acre Llanwern production facility in South Wales.
    • Acted for the University of Sheffield on a number of AMRC sites, including the advanced manufacturing and research centre at Broughton, which involved negotiating and completing the letting documents between the Welsh Government (as owner of the site) and Airbus as the University’s tenant.
    • Acting for Round Hill Capital (RHC) and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) on all real estate and construction aspects of the sale of shares in 5 PBSA Lux based PropCo’s and UK Opco’s separately owning and operating properties in London, Glasgow, Coventry and Bristol, to Greystar.

    Real estate > Construction Tier 1

    Real estate > Environment Tier 1

    Praised for its ‘commercial awareness and expertise in environmental compliance’, DLA Piper’s team handles the full gamut of matters, from litigation and defence of environmental prosecutions to transactional work. The practice is also noted for its experience in waste management and disposal issues, recycling and transportation of dangerous goods, and environmental permitting. Standout practice leader Teresa Hitchcock advises on mandates concerning contaminated land, as well as nuisance disputes and regeneration projects, while Alastair Clough handles regulatory licensing and enforcement issues, waste management matters and assessing environmental liability risk in transactions.

    Practice head(s):

    Teresa Hitchcock

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Access to and communication with key senior personnel is excellent, communication throughout and conclusions, clear and concise advice with commercial awareness and expertise in environmental compliance.’

    ‘Felt a close working relationship from my initial call, excellent interpersonal skills giving a belief that this company knows what they are talking about and will do a very good job from the start. This initial approach gives confidence in the abilities to undertake the task at hand well.’

    Key clients

    Tarmac Services Limited

    Merlin

    Tata Steel

    DB Cargo

    Pilkington Technology Management Limited

    Brickability Group PLC

    MKS Instruments Inc

    August Equity Partners III

    Wilko Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advising Tarmac Services Limited on voluntary remediation following the service of a contaminated land regime remediation notice.
    • Advising Mothercare in respect of ESOS compliance.
    • Defending Tata Steel against a group claim alleged dust nuisance.

    Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

    DLA Piper’s ‘standout’ team has demonstrable experience across the retail, energy and natural resources, financial services, infrastructure and hospitality and leisure sectors. Petra Billing is recognised for her ‘breadth of experience in commercial real estate disputes’, from lease renewals and rent reviews to forfeiture proceedings and contractual disputes relating to land and nuisance issues. Billing jointly leads the practice alongside ‘superb partnerJohn Kittle, who specialises in commercial landlord and tenant matters, as well as dilapidation claims. Directors Peter Gardner and Rob Shaw handle claims related to rent reviews and the property aspects of infrastructure and telecoms work respectively.

    Practice head(s):

    Petra Billing; John Kittle

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Petra Billing is incredibly bright and an exceptional team leader. She has a breadth of experience in commercial real estate disputes. She is trustworthy, strategic and clear sighted and has excellent judgment.’

    ‘I have found them to be a marvellous team. They are efficient, organised, commercial and technically able. I would describe them as a really ‘standout’ team.’

    ‘John Kittle is a a superb partner who leads the team. Technically first-class and commercially first-class, as well as being superb to work with.’

    Key clients

    Telereal Trillium

    J.D. Sports Fashion Plc.

    Sytner UK Limited.

    British Airways Plc.

    Aggregate Industries UK Limited (UK subsidiary of Lafarge Holcim Limited)

    HS2 Limited

    UPS Limited

    Heineken UK Limited

    National Highways Limited

    Work highlights

    • Represented National Highways Limited in court proceedings seeking four interim injunctions against 144 named protestors, initially covering the M25 and surrounding roads, but then extending to cover the entire Strategic Road Network across England.
    • Acting for Heineken UK on all litigation issues on a portfolio of approximately 3000 public houses as landlord. This includes a full range of issues from dilapidations and service charge disputes to forfeiture and possession actions and as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, advice on rent concessions and privity of contract issues.
    • Successfully obtained orders for High Speed (HS2) Lts to commit a protestor to prison for breach of an anti-trespass injunction, and to extend the time limit of the injunction.

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

    Operating from the firm’s offices in Leeds and Sheffield, the ‘exceptional’ technology practice team at DLA Piper has demonstrable experience in digital transformation projects, outsourcing matters, procurements and licensing agreements, in addition to IT-related disputes. Amanda Pilkington advises clients in the financial services and technology sectors on sourcing and IT transformation projects, while Mark Vipan is noted for his experience in IT contracts and commercial agreements. Simon Kenyon, who ‘combines an excellent understanding of the legal issues with a fine nose for the commercial realities of an underlying dispute’, and Richard Norman are key contacts for contentious matters. Legal director James Watson is also noted for his experience in handling IT disputes across both arbitration and court proceedings. Pilkington, Vipan, Kenyon and Norman collectively lead the practice.

    Practice head(s):

    Amanda Pilkington; Simon Kenyon; Richard Norman; Mark Vipan

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Really outstanding, commercially savvy and great legal knowledgeable.’

    ‘Amanda Pilkington understands exactly what we are looking for in our deals and generates the confidence to negotiate and make judgment calls on risk allocation for our business, without close oversight. She has taken the time to understand our business, our risk appetite, our structure and so is able to provide relevant and effective support.’

    ‘The individual attorneys in the team are very professional and thorough in their advice.’

    ‘Simon Kenyon is outstanding in my view. Great with clients and combines an excellent understanding of the legal issues with a fine nose for the commercial realities of an underlying dispute. Really understands what his clients need.’

    ‘Hugely experienced in IT disputes and trusted advisors.’

    ‘The DLA Piper technology practice group is exceptional.’

    ‘Partner Mark Vipan has gone above and beyond to understand the key business needs. Primarily this involves providing excellent tailored legal advice whilst keeping a careful eye on the public sector.’

    ‘The team at DLA that I use for IT contracts is one that I’ve used for more than a decade. They are extremely knowledgeable on the risks for certain types of projects, have a very good idea of how far a particular supplier is likely to go, are experts on ensuring their contracts comply with FS regulations and are able to handle board level conversations with ease.’

    Key clients

    Atos

    CBRE

    Tata Communications

    HCL

    PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

    Placing Platform Limited

    Provenir Inc

    WNS Global Services

    Manx Telecom Limited

    Government of Jersey

    Work highlights

    • Advising on several proof of concepts agreement with providers of software for the digital reading of lateral flow device test results.
    • Advising NHS Digital on its contract for the provision of digital solution design, build and live service of a digital platform, ordering portals and mobile applications to support the digital and data journey for COVID-19 testing.
    • Advising the Government of Jersey on its largest IT procurement, a major technology and business transformation project to establish modern and effective enabling functions.

    Yorkshire and the Humber > Transport Tier 1

    Under the leadership of Robert Smith and Petra Billing, DLA Piper handles a wide range of complex and crucial transportation issues for a variety of public sector bodies as well as major corporates within the private sector. The firm has a reputable public transport practice, including handling matters relating to bus and heavy and light rail issues in addition to experience in aviation, roads and highways mandates. It also has strong litigation capabilities and continues to develop its expertise in regulated transport modes such as micro-mobility and taxi mandates.

    Practice head(s):

    Robert Smith; Petra Billing

    Other key lawyers:

    Carla Hancock

    Testimonials

    ‘We have a long-standing relationship with DLA going back a number of years. This allows us to have positive conversations about our requirements with a supplier who is sensitive to our needs and objectives. It also means that although DLA provide specific specialisms, there is a high degree of collaboration and very positive support wherever we need it.’

    ‘The team seamlessly merged with the client and fellow consultants, creating a unified approach. There was an excellent level of challenge, advice and cooperation which was all you could wish for and more from your legal advisors. The DLA team worked tirelessly to support through a very fluid environment and never missed a single deadline (one wonders when they actually slept!). Their knowledge was faultless.’

    ‘Carla Hancock was leading the team, but whenever she was unavailable for whatever reason, the other team members were able to slot seamlessly in, fully briefed and able to participate fully in negotiations. That level of seamless service is rare. Carla has an incredibly analytical mind, and so was able to work with us to look at a wide range of scenarios during negotiations and offer her opinion on the strategy adopted, identifying risks as negotiations unfolded and also identifying where there were implications for other areas of a very complex commercial contract being discussed.’

    Key clients

    Department for Transport

    Merseytravel

    Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)

    Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive (Nexus)

    National Highways (formerly known as Highways England)

    HS2 Limited

    Volkerrail Limited

    British Airways plc

    Hitachi Rail Europe

    National Air Traffic Services

    Transport for Wales

    Transport for the North

    Voi

    Gett

    Urban Transport Group

    South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive / South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority

    Transport North East

    Abellio Transport Holdings Limited

    Work highlights

    • Acting for the Department for Transport on the £1.4bn refinancing of the Thameslink Rolling Stock project.
    • Advising TfGM and GMCA on the decision to implement a bus franchising scheme for Greater Manchester.
    • Advising National Highways on the Lower Thames Crossing, one of the largest construction projects currently in procurement in Europe.

    Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

    DLA Piper has an ‘incredibly strong reputation in the marketplace’ and is ‘unrivalled in terms of expertise and bench strength’. Led by Adam Ibrahim , the group has experience acting on complex issues arising out of commercial lending and is regularly instructed on mandates with a multi-jurisdictional angle. Senior consultant Hugh Evans, legal director Paul McNamee and Sohail Ali, who clients consider a ‘genuine superstar’, have significant experience advising financial services clients.

    Practice head(s):

    Adam Ibrahim

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The firm has an incredibly strong reputation in the marketplace. They are unrivalled in terms of expertise and bench strength.’

    ‘It has always been a pleasure dealing with the firm and its transparency and innovation on issues such as billing (agreeing capped/fixed fees/offering third party funding) and use of legal tech.’

    ‘Sohail Ali is an incredibly slick operator and a genuine superstar of his generation. He is a formidable intellect and exceptional strategist.’

    Key clients

    NatWest Group

    Bank of Ireland

    Lloyds Banking Group (including Bank of Scotland)

    PwC

    Leeds Building Society

    GE Capital

    Beechbrook Capital

    Work highlights

      Corporate and commercial > Customs and excise Tier 2

      DLA Piper advises on all aspects of international trade law and customs and excise matters, and the UK team is able to call on support from an expansive bench of lawyers across most of Europe, in addition to the US and Asia. Head of department John Forrest  specialises in matters concerning export controls, sanctions and international trade law, and regularly advises governments on international trade issues. Paul Hardy was promoted to partner in May 2022, and frequently advises clients on issues relating to Brexit, having previously worked for the European Commission. Well-regarded tax litigator Stuart Walsh joined from Pinsent Masons LLP in summer 2022.

      Practice head(s):

      John Forrest

      Other key lawyers:

      Paul Hardy; Chloe Barker; Stuart Walsh

      Testimonials

      ‘DLA know what they’re talking about and are practical in their advice,  giving us suggestions as to how to manage risk. Our internal business colleagues like working with them because they quickly grasp the issues at hand.’

      ‘Quick to understand the complexities of our industry and apply complex legal rules for us.’

       

      Key clients

      Italia Trasporto Aereo S.p.A.

      Rituals

      Olympus

      Tokyo Electron

      Bubbletubs

      Permastone Ltd

      TP Leasing

      Earthwatch

      ADI International

      TATA Steel

      Ningbo Bangpu Times New Energy Co Ltd

      Maersk

      Lime

      Mercedes

      Work highlights

      • Supported ITA – Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA), the new Italian state-owned airline company that replaced ALITALIA, with commencing their international operations. This included providing a full overview of UK customs regulation and requirements relating to the industry.
      • Advising a client in relation to the  classification of disassembled storage tanks under UK customs.
      • Providing international trade and customs related advice to Tata Steel on the impacts of the new UK-EU TCA on its manufacturing operations and supply chains.

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

      Noted for its wide-ranging capabilities in international trade, DLA Piper is frequently engaged by a litany of multinational corporations, spanning the worlds of consumer goods, sports, and manufacturing. Practice chair John Forrest is a renowned figure in the space who works with commercial entities and foreign governments on the full gamut of trade and investment policy matters, including high-level negotiations with the EU. Internal Brexit director Paul Hardy, who was promoted to partner in May 2022, routinely advises clients on preferential access conditions, the Northern Ireland withdrawal agreement, and various other EU-UK partnership issues. Legal director Chloe Barker, who splits her time between Birmingham and London, focuses on trade compliance, sanctions, and export control restrictions, while senior associate Daniel Jones regularly assists Middle Eastern and Central Asian sovereign states with international trade and WTO compliance matters.

      Practice head(s):

      John Forrest

      Testimonials

      ‘Team truly understands our risk management needs, and gives tailored and actionable advice to fit.’

      ‘John Forrest, Partner, is extremely solid and well connected. Chloe Barker, Legal Director, is a very calm and safe pair of hands.’

      Key clients

      Reckitt Benckiser Group

      Lucid Motors

      Islamic Relief Worldwide

      Permastore

      Brisko Scaffolding Limited

      Croda

      Dentsu

      Gett

      Hyve plc

      Molson Coors

      Bacardi

      Unilever Asia Limited

      Work highlights

      • Supported Lucid to negotiate various agreements with the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Investment, the Saudi Industrial Development Fund and King Abdullah Economic City.
      • Provided sanctions compliance-related support to GetTaxi in respect of its compliance obligations and business critical strategy regarding an existing loan from a recently sanctioned Russian financial institution.
      • Supported Croda to negotiate a £16m subsidy from the UK Government to increase the UK’s capacity to manufacture specialty lipids, a key vaccine ingredient.

      Corporate and commercial > International business reorganisations Tier 2

      Leveraging the firm’s global network and full-service capacity, DLA Piper’s international corporate reorganisations team excels in complex multi-jurisdictional reorganisations, follow-on projects including post-sale integrations, and carve-out transactions. Ben Forgiel-Jenkins heads up the department, which also benefits from the expertise of corporate partner Jon Hayes and tax specialist Matthew Davies. Counsel Stan Stewart is active in multi-country restructurings, legal director Paul Routledge is a key name in the firm’s Leeds office, and senior associate Clare McLaren focuses on the financial services sector.

      Practice head(s):

      Ben Forgiel-Jenkins

      Key clients

      GE

      Discovery

      Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax Tier 2

      DLA Piper advises major clients on a wide range of high-profile cases, and in the aftermath of Brexit, the practice has developed its focus on work relating to supply chains. The team is led by the highly regarded Richard Woolich, a chartered tax adviser with a focus on international real estate transactions, joint ventures and funds, whose ‘knowledge is unparalleled‘. The team has recently significantly expanded with a series of hires from Pinsent Masons LLP, including  Jason Collins – who joined as head of international tax disputes –  Stuart Walsh, legal director Clara Boyd and senior associate Lauren Redhead, as well as associate Katie Raine from Stephenson Harwood.

      Practice head(s):

      Richard Woolich

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Richard Woolich is an absolute pleasure to deal with. His knowledge is unparalleled and he can distil even the most complex legal issues into simple terms tailored for your business.’

      ‘Breadth of knowledge, deep understanding of our business, commercial and pragmatic.’

      ‘DLA Piper under Richard Woolich is excellent! They are friendly, knowledgeable, they’re a top team.’

      ‘We have developed an amazing relationship with Richard Woolich over the years. He is brilliant, really cares for his clients, available, down to earth, just wonderful and exceptional.’

      ‘Richard Woolich is outstanding. He is a deep thinker who leaves no stone unturned in his quest to meet client need. He is also a first class team player with a natural instinct for when and how to delegate.’

      ‘Clara Boyd is wise beyond her years – she is a ruthless and relentless litigator in pursuit of her client’s goals.’

      Key clients

      Barings

      Falcon Group

      Kaplan International Colleges

      Mid Ulster District Council

      Rabobank

      VATit, Wtax, TecEx

      Waypoint Investment Management Limited

      Takepayments Limited

      Work highlights

      • Represented Mid Ulster District Council in an upper tier tribunal case on the reclaim of VAT on leisure facilities.
      • Advising VATit Group, Wtax and TecEx on the VAT and customs aspects of many technical queries, projects and new products.
      • Advised Waypoint Investment Management Limited on various VAT issues on development works and investment transactions, on new acquisitions, and the formation and set up of a new fund.

      Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 2

      DLA Piper often acts for major listed and private companies on the full range of employee incentive matters, with a strong emphasis on cross-border large-scale employee share scheme work. Receiving high praise from clients is 'responsive, engaging and client-focused' Nick Hipwell, who overseas the team and has assisted employers in implementing their share plan schemes in more than 100 countries. Another key name in the group is 'subject-matter expert'  Martin MacLeod, whose expertise spans all-employee share schemes, executive remuneration and corporate governance matters.

      Practice head(s):

      Nick Hipwell

      Testimonials

      ‘They were able to provide US and UK employment and tax advice in a coherent whole. They were also able to introduce us to appropriate trustees and organise the whole process of establishing the scheme.’ 

      ‘Nick Hipwell is responsive, engaging and client focused. Martin Macleod is a subject matter expert with excellent drafting skills.’ 

      ‘We worked with the team on an all-employee cash and share scheme across 18 countries that was quite unique . The team was extremely knowledgeable, thoughtful and creative in its approach. The final product we ended up with was first rate, and the collaboration we had with the DLA Piper team was second to none. They said that they wanted the scheme to be as much of a success as we did, and it really felt like that.’ 

      ‘We worked with a small team, which I think made the project easier to manage. Nick Hipwell Martin MacLeod;  Jordan Levy and Lauren Leitch were all exceptional to work with. Ultimately, we trusted the advice we received from the team, which was always clear and timely. I’m very glad that we were able to work with this team on such a critical project.’ 

      ‘The team has a depth of knowledge and experience which has enabled the board to design and implement an employee share scheme in a complex environment. DLA Piper has always been accommodating on availability and understanding. They listen.’ 

      ‘The equity incentives team at DLA Piper is a team I would and do recommend to clients of my own. Knowledgeable, responsive, proactive, thought provoking, all built on a foundation of many years of experience.’ 

      ‘The team is made of great listeners and practitioners. Especially, Nick Hipwell, who has an amazing way of making the client always feel special, and always delivers expertise on time to the price stated. A pleasure to work with.’ 

      Key clients

      Anglo American

      Belron Group

      Guidewire Software

      Wabtec Corporation

      NatWest Group

      Halma

      Hugo Boss

      4D Pharma

      10x Banking Technology

      Simfoni

      RPS Group

      Ardagh Group

      Healx

      NCC Group

      Meltwater

      Henry Boot

      Flybe

      Work highlights

      • Advised Belron Group on the design and implementation of an all-employee share plans for approximately 25,000 employees in 20 countries.
      • Assisted Natwest Group in relation to the tax treatment of its employee share plans in 15 countries.
      • Advised Philip Morris on the employee share plan aspects of its £1.1bn acquisition of Vectura Group.

      Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

      The safety, health and environment team at DLA Piper is well regarded for its integrated contentious and non-contentious offering for a portfolio of major national and international clients. The addition of Nick Rock from Reed Smith LLP has brought a major level of expertise in the environmental, health and safety aspects of complex commercial transactions and disputes, especially in regards to the on and off-shore energy, chemicals and technology sectors. He co-heads the team with Teresa Hitchcock, a market leader in environmental law, with particular expertise in contaminated land, nuisance disputes and regeneration projects. Alastair Clough and Ailish Oxenforth are also key members of the team.

      Practice head(s):

      Teresa Hitchcock; Nick Rock

      Testimonials

      ‘DLA Piper Health and Safety practice has formed a dream team, with Nick Rock joining over the last year. Their uniqueness is the beyond expectation quality of advice provided very fast, in a very condensed, easy to digest and understand format.’

      ‘Nick Rock and his team are incredibly valued partners to our business. They are responsive, pragmatic and efficient. Their approach to cross-jurisdictional work is sophisticated and as clients, we receive consistently high quality advice, regardless of region.’

      ‘The DLA Health and Safety Team are all technical experts. They deliver sound, well reasoned advice, which is operationally focused.’

      ‘Nick Rock- He has extensive knowledge on product compliance, health and safety and chemicals regulations. He is an excellent lawyer who understands his clients’ business needs and concerns and proposes custom made legal solutions.’

      Key clients

      Canon

      HP Inc

      Arconic Architectural Products SAS

      Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 2

      DLA Piper‘s practice combines experts in pensions, tax, structured finance, litigation, restructuring and funds, with the ability to draw on colleagues across the firm’s international office network, to advise on the spectrum of pensions issues; with a dedicated de-risking practice that is under the leadership of Amrit Mclean, in whom clients have ‘great confidence‘. The broader group led by Matthew Swynnerton, who has exceptional knowledge in auto-enrolment issues, and supported the UK government’s pensions minister on drafting the conditions for transfers regulations in November 2021. Tamara Calvert has a strong client list of energy sector employers, and is an expert in the pensions aspects of outsourcing contracts. Joel Eytle specialises in pensions regulation.

      Practice head(s):

      Matthew Swynnerton; Amrit Mclean

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Very knowledgeable and in-depth understanding of the detail. Easy to work with, personable and approachable. Always willing to help and answer queries.’

      ‘Amrit Mclean is very easy to deal with, knowledgeable about the specifics of the market and detail of each transaction we work on. We have great confidence in her and her team.’

      ‘Great team with an excellent commercial focus which is different to other firms’

      ‘Amrit Maclean’s inhouse experience in the pension de-risking sector means you get the right commercial advice and recommendations which is very useful on particular transactions involving extensive due diligence on pension schemes.’

      ‘Matthew Swynnerton has been a very strong support as we built and launched the UK’s first gig economy worker pension scheme. He has been responsive, collaborative and innovative in this very complex area.’

      ‘Tamara Calvert is an exceptional person within the sector as her knowledge and ability to disseminate ESPS Rules and associated information in an easy way is hard to match.’

      Key clients

      Hitachi Rail Europe Limited

      Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited

      Novartis UK Pension Scheme

      Aviva

      National Grid (ESPS)

      E.ON UK (ESPS)

      Grainger Inc /Cromwell Group (Holdings) Limited

      Du Pont (U.K.) Limited Pensions Fund

      Renault UK

      Heineken

      Finance > Asset based lending Tier 2

      Drawing upon the expertise of practitioners primarily based out of its regional offices, including Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham, DLA Piper is particularly adept at advising funders (including both bank-owned ABL arms as well as independent ABL funds) and borrowers on domestic syndicated and bilateral ABL transactions. In this context, the firm is able to provide a “cradle to grave service”, with advice running the gamut from new money transactional work to the restructuring of ABL facilities. Manchester-based partner Joseph Frew is ‘very well regarded regionally’ both for transactional work, as well as in the context of assisting funders on the development of template documentation for ABL facilities. Leeds-based partner Sarah Day co-heads the team alongside Frew and has a strong track record of advising both on relatively commoditised domestic mandates as well as highly structured and cross-border financial transactions, including ABL and corporate finance transactions.

      Practice head(s):

      Sarah Day; Joseph Frew

      Other key lawyers:

      Stephen Bottley; Chris Roberts; Neil Riley; Allan Leal; Peter Manley; Alastair Carruthers; Rob Lyons; Charlotte Smith; Charlotte Woodfield; Rachel Holt

      Testimonials

      Joseph Frew is very well regarded regionally.’

      Key clients

      ABN Amro Commercial Finance

      Aldermore Invoice Finance

      BNP Paribas Commercial Finance

      Payoneer

      Close Invoice Finance

      ING Wholesale Banking

      Deutsche Bank

      AIG Europe S.A.

      Shawbrook Bank Business Credit

      Siemens Financial Services

      ING Commercial Finance

      Bibby Financial Services

      Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

      Almastone

      Trade and Development Bank

      Work highlights

      • Advised Aurelius Investments on the multi-million pound ABL financing of its acquisition of McKesson UK in a corporate carve-out from US healthcare company McKesson Corporation.
      • Advised a three bank syndicate on the provision of a £100m asset based financing facilities agreement in favour of the Thomas Plant Hire group of companies.
      • Advised Simply on its financing with Leumi ABL, with the latter providing a borrowing base, revolving credit facility to Simply for the purposes of supporting the facilities which Simply offers to its own customers as an asset financier.

      Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 2

      DLA Piper has a growing team full of hotel and leisure sector experts; catering to clients across the full spectrum of related matters such as construction and development, financing, real estate, restructuring and investment. Leeds based Matthew Duncombe and London based Jo Owen co-lead the team. Duncombe’s practice is focused on transactional and commercial advice, while Owen’s expertise includes the handling of complex cross-border transactions. The practice has recently been boosted by the additions of real estate investment specialist Bonnie Calnan from Dentons and legal director Barry Noonan from Allen & Overy LLP.

      Practice head(s):

      Matthew Duncombe; Jo Owen

      Key clients

      Motel One

      Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC)

      Marriott International

      Drake & Morgan Group

      DFI/ BCP Capital

      The Resident Edinburgh Limited

      Hyatt International (Europe Africa Middle East) LLC

      Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG)

      Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group (“MOHG”)

      HIG Capital

      Blackstone

      Starwood Capital

      Northwood Investors

      St Modwen Properties

      a&o Hostels

      Work highlights

      • Advised Motel One on its expansion into the Manchester hotel market, with their third opening at St Peter’s Square.
      • Advised the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), part of ADQ and owner of the London ExCel centre, on the acquisition of a new hotel to its portfolio: the DoubleTree By Hilton London ExCel.
      • Advised Marriott on its entry into the “sharing economy”.

      Industry focus > TMT Tier 2

      The ‘outstanding‘ TMT offering at DLA Piper has a ‘deep knowledge of law‘ across areas ranging from commercial contracts and corporate support to contentious disputes, which it brings to bear acting for its global base of public and private sector clients across the technology, media, and telecoms sectors. Newly appointed global technology co-chair Mark O’Conor is recognised for his specialist experience in areas including digital transformations, AI, and cloud computing, while international telecoms co-chair Mike Conradi has a broad practice covering regulatory and commercial advice. Nick Fitzpatrick is co-chair of the firm’s media, sport and entertainment sector focus – a key area for the firm, where recent highlights have included multiple significant matters for the Premier League. Kit Burden is a key contact for outsourcing and complex technology transactions, on which he advises both users and suppliers.

      Practice head(s):

      Mark O’Conor; Nick Fitzpatrick; Mike Conradi

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘The team is responsive and there when you need them. They understand the market. They can advise on what really matters to position you well to take up opportunities. They have resources across disciplines and around the world, so they are positioned to help you with whatever might come up.’

      ‘DLA Piper has an outstanding commercial contracting team. Exceptionally knowledgeable, technically strong, whilst also being pragmatic.’

      ‘Deep knowledge of law and understanding of clients’ needs.’

      ‘We worked with Mike Conradi. He is excellent, supportive, efficient and pleasant to work with.’

      ‘Kit Burden is one of a kind. Great to work with and respected by all sides on a transaction.’

      Key clients

      Ministry of Defence

      NHS/Connecting for Health

      DEFRA

      HMRC

      Standard Chartered Bank

      UBS

      Aviva

      British Airways/IAG

      Heineken

      HCL Technologies

      Amadeus

      Santander

      Ericsson

      CDW

      Willis Tower Watson

      Philip Morris

      Merlin Entertainment

      National Basketball Association

      Premier League

      Unilever

      Rakuten

      LEGO

      ESPN

      Wickes

      The British Council

      National Grid

      Work highlights

      • Assisting the Ministry of Defence with concluding a new five year £460m contract with Boeing Defence UK, extending existing arrangements for a logistics system critical to UK Armed Forces operations worldwide.
      • Acting for the Premier League on a wide range of transactions and issues, including obtaining summary judgment for $213m against PPLive Sports International Ltd; sale of audio-visual rights in the UK and international markets; its sponsorship programme; exploitation of an anthem; Covid-19 compliance at clubs; ticketing and ground regulations at stadiums; and IP enforcement work.
      • Advising Safaricom on its multi-party equity investment, along with other international investors including Vodacom, Vodafone, Sumitomo Corp and CDC Group, into a new operating company tasked with winning a licence and then rolling out a new telecoms network in Ethiopia (Safaricom Ethiopia).

      Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 2

      DLA Piper is a popular choice for cases concerning COVID-19 related property and other losses in the Lloyd’s insurance and reinsurance markets. Other key areas of strength include aviation, cyber insurance, warranty and indemnity and political risk matters. Jane Childs continues to build the practice’s offering in international financial lines. With over 25 years’ experience Rebecca Hopkirk is the go-to advisor for property, energy, construction, utilities and infrastructure mandates. For financial lines, Andrew Symons is the contact of note, and practice head, Leon Taylor taking the lead on policy coverage, commercial contractual and coverholder disputes.

      Practice head(s):

      Leon Taylor

      Testimonials

      ‘The team are exceptionally knowledgeable about warranty & indemnity insurance, very focussed on client service and finding solutions to problems. Great to work with.’

      ‘Andrew Symons and Jane Childs have all the qualities a client would look for. They are both extremely knowledgeable, responsive and supportive – a pleasure to work with .’

      ‘An efficient and responsive team with a broad commercial skillset and excellent interpersonal skills.’

      ‘Leon Taylor is highly skilled, technical in his approach, collaborative and responsive to the needs of insurer clients. Expert in the field.’

      ‘Andrew Symons is excellent with reps and warranties business- an industry leader.’

      ‘Andrew Symons is extremely knowledgeable across multiple insurance and reinsurance lines of business. He is always willing to go above and beyond to provide assistance where needed.’

      ‘Leon Taylor – stand out leader, very commercial and excellent advice.’

      Key clients

      Swiss Re

      AIG

      Zurich

      Chubb

      Berkshire Hathaway/Faraday syndicate/Resolute Management

      AXA XL

      Munich Re

      Tokio Marine Kiln

      Allianz/AGCS

      Liberty Specialty Markets

      Talbot Underwriting Limited

      Placing Platform Limited

      R&Q

      RSA

      Atrium Underwriters Limited

      Crawford & Co

      Hiscox syndicate at Lloyds

      Beazley syndicate at Lloyds

      Gen Re

      Partner Re

      Brit

      Mosaic Insurance

      Liberty Global Transactions Solutions (GTS)

      Work highlights

      • Supporting Brit UW Ltd across their suite of insurance products and reinsurance contracts exposed to COVID-19 related losses, including representing Brit in the defence of proceedings commenced in the Commercial Court by a policyholder under a Property Damage/Business Interruption policy written through a major Brit coverholder (to date, the only such COVID-19 case litigated against Brit in the UK).
      • Instructed on behalf of of a significant market of London Liability Reinsurers in respect of the high-profile crash of LaMia Flight 2933, in which 71 people died, including almost all of the members of Chapecoense, a Brazilian professional football team which was on its way to a match. Continue to advise London Market Reinsurers on their strategy to mitigate their liability exposures in respect of the various claims and losses arising out of the accident.

      Investment fund formation and management > Fund finance Tier 2

      DLA Piper is retained by banks, alternative credit providers, managers, and special situations, private equity and infrastructure funds to handle the whole gamut of fund finance mandates. everaged real estate and structured finance transactions are areas of expertise for Paul Gray, who often acts on the restructuring of existing leveraged loans. Focusing on the borrower side, associate Mariel Luna advises on syndicated and bilateral loans, NAV facilities and capital call lending.

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘The team is commercial, astute and genuinely kind.’

      Key clients

      HICL Infrastructure

      InfraRed Capital Partners

      Hayfin Capital Management

      Aviva Investors

      Kyma Capital

      Work highlights

      • Advised HICL Infrastructure on the amedment and restatement of its £400m revolving credit facility backed by investors’ committements.
      • Assisted Hayfin Capital Management with the execution, amedment and restructuring of existing financing in connection to its Special Opportunities Fund III, which reached its final close exceddings a £2bn target.
      • Acted for HICL Infrastructure on a new fund level resolving credit facility and letter of credit facility, which will support HICL’s existing and future infrastructure projects in construction.

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

      The energy and natural resources sector team at DLA Piper offers clients ‘wide experience in oil and gas issues and significant commercial experience that adds value for clients’. Leaning on its global network for support, the UK team is well placed to service international clients on cross-border matters and acts for large multinational companies, as well as governments. The team, which handles both contentious and non-contentious matters, is headed by Natasha Luther-Jones and James Carter, who focuses on high-profile and high-value disputes; Nacim Bounouara is a name to note for project development and financing work; and Philip Chong is a key name for international arbitration. The practice was recently bolstered by the arrival of Iain Elder from Shearman & Sterling LLP in April 2022, and Stuart Murdoch, who joined in Edinburgh from Burness Paull LLP, in May 2021.

      Practice head(s):

      James Carter; Natasha Luther-Jones

      Other key lawyers:

      Philip Chong; Felix Ndi-Obiosa; Andreas Gunst; Christina Lawrence; Nacim Bounouara; Iain Elder; Stuart Murdoch

      Testimonials

      ‘I have worked with DLA’s international arbitration team on a major oil and gas arbitration. It comprises a perfect combination of gifted and experienced litigators and is exceptionally well led by Philip Chong’.

      ‘The overall package is an extremely effective and cohesive team which excels in big ticket international arbitral disputes’.

      ‘Philip Chong is an extremely experienced and strategical savvy lead partner, with a cool head. He invariably makes the right strategic decisions’.

      ‘Andreas Gunst is a great energy regulatory lawyer with a vast knowledge and expertise in the field’. 

      ‘Commercial and responsive team – focused on getting the deal done’.

      ‘Nacim Bounouara is a commercial and constructive lawyer who focuses on the issues that matter’.

      ‘Excellent knowledge of the sector leading to excellent industry contacts’.

      ‘The team has wide experience in oil and gas issues and has significant commercial experience that adds value for their clients’.

      Key clients

      Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

      European Bank for Reconstruction and Development/Government of the Republic of North Macedonia

      African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) and Government of South Sudan

      Federal Government of Somalia

      Government of The Gambia – Oil 2 Project

      ICGB AD

      Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

      Bank of China Limited

      Samsung Engineering Co., Ltd.

      OMV AG

      Work highlights

      • Advised NNPC on this $1.5bn financing from a syndicate of commercial banks and oil traders, including advising on the provision of subsequent debt.
      • Advising ICGB AD the project company / gas transporter (and its shareholders) in connection with the delay in completion of the gas pipeline construction and the consequent delay in the commercial operation date of the pipeline. We also assisted in connection with amendments to the EPC contract.
      • Avising Bank of China, China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure) and a large syndicate of lenders on the financing of the construction and operation of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline (the AKK Pipeline) in Nigeria.

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

      DLA Piper has a strong reputation in relation to large-scale wind solar power acquisitions, sales, financings and refinancings in addition to corporate PPAs, carbon capture storage and smart metering projects. The team has an excellent track record of advising on GHG reduction, emissions trading schemes and voluntary emission reduction markets. On the disputes side, the firm is routinely instructed in complex contentious cases that spans both litigation and international arbitration. Corporate PPA expert Natasha Luther-Jones heads the practice with James Carter. Andreas Gunst is highly regarded for his advice on renewables energy certificate schemes while Fredrik Lindblom focuses on energy project finance. The practice was strengthened by the arrival of Iain Elder from Shearman & Sterling LLP in April 2022. Associates Charlotte Eliades and Jeremy MacIver do cross-border renewable energy work.

      Practice head(s):

      Natasha Luther-Jones; James Carter

      Testimonials

      ‘Good experience in the voluntary carbon credit sector and expertise in multiple jurisdictions.’

      ‘Availability of team is helpful and their ability to pull in resources from different areas of the firm is also valuable.’

      ‘The team comprises of extensive experienced experts with very detailed understanding of the energy and infrastructure business. Solution orientated, out of the box thinking, practical and reasonable.’

      ‘I worked and continue working with contract execution team and together we were able to settle very complicated cases and continue solving issues.’

      Key clients

      Elgin Energy

      Greencoat Renewables PLC

      Carbon Streaming Corporation

      Kommunalkredit Austria, AG

      Hennes & Mauritz (H&M)

      BASF

      Rabobank

      NSG UK Enterprises

      UK Infrastructure Bank

      Aquapower AQWA

      National Grid

      Prime Capital

      Energy Infrastructure Partners

      Statkraft

      Goldman Sachs International

      Work highlights

      • Advised Elgin Energy on the sale of a 519MW portfolio of solar PV projects and 70MW of co-located energy storage capacity to ScottishPower Renewables (UK) Limited.
      • Advised Greencoat Renewables PLC, through a multi-jurisdictional team from the UK, Sweden and Germany, on the acquisition of the 101.1MW Ersträsk South Wind Farms.
      • Advised Carbon Steaming on their pipeline carbon and necessary legal structures for transactions and agreements for purchasing and selling carbon credits with a number of counterparties, including BP, Vitol, STX, Shell and other traders.

      Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

      The ‘exceptional’ commercial property team at global firm DLA Piper is highly regarded for advising on complex living, office, pharmaceutical, and logistics development projects. Jonathan Northey leads the development side of the London practice, and specialises in complex multi-party development agreements and all parts of the development process, whilst senior associate Hayley Russell-White focuses on housing, mixed-use schemes, hotel and leisure, and healthcare projects. On the investment and corporate occupiers front, James Knox leads with over 30 years’ experience in acting for sovereign wealth and investment funds, private equity investors, and family offices both domestically, and in Europe. Key members of the team for investment also include William Naunton, who acts for a variety of fund managers and insitutional investors, and Bonnie Calnan with her wealth of experience in multidisciplinary private equity and investment transactions. For the corporate occupiers side of the practice, Paul Jayson, who has a special interest in sustainability strategy and leads the firm’s green real estate team, is a key contact. Senior associate Nicholas Haringman contributes his experience in advising institutional investors, pension funds, and retailers on a broad range of commercial real estate matters.

      Practice head(s):

      James Knox

      Testimonials

      ‘The team is exceptional in the quality of technical and practical advice offered. They are very service and solutions-orientated and can be trusted to deliver clients’ business-critical objectives.’

      ‘The team displayed an exceptional understanding of their practice areas and our business-critical objectives. They were also highly collaborative in their culture, which enabled us to work together very effectively.’

      ‘Strength in depth – There’s always support, no matter how complicated a transaction becomes, DLA are on hand to provide expert guidance.’

      ‘George Burrha is an exceptional partner – he knows exactly what the business want, is unflappable in meetings and often defuses tense negotiations to reach practical solutions. His team all inspire confidence that they are doing their upmost to deliver the desired outcomes.’

      Key clients

      BPP Holdings Limited

      Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC)

      T Rowe Price

      Pfizer

      Lucid Motors

      Salesforce

      ARES

      Gamesys Group

      British Airways Plc

      Tata Steel UK Limited

      LABS

      Wavin (Orbia)

      University of Sheffiled

      ITM Power (Trading) Limited

      Tarmac

      Work highlights

      • Advised BPP Holdings Limited on its relocation from its existing London Wall site to new premises at One Portsoken Street, London E1, covering over 80,000 square feet.
      • Advised the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), part of ADQ and owner of the London ExCel centre, on the acquisition of a new hotel to its portfolio: the DoubleTree By Hilton London ExCel and the on all aspects of the development of the new phase of the exhibition centre to make it one of the largest in Europe.
      • Acting for T Rowe Price in connection with their new London headquarters at Warwick Court in Paternoster Square. The move sees T Rowe Price relocate from their existing premises at 60 Queen Victoria Street to Warwick Court, a 130,000 square foot dynamic and sustainable space.

      Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 2

      The ‘exceptional’ commercial property team at global firm DLA Piper is highly regarded for advising on complex living, office, pharmaceutical, and logistics development projects. Jonathan Northey leads the development side of the London practice, and specialises in complex multi-party development agreements and all parts of the development process, whilst senior associate Hayley Russell-White focuses on housing, mixed-use schemes, hotel and leisure, and healthcare projects. On the investment and corporate occupiers front, James Knox leads with over 30 years’ experience in acting for sovereign wealth and investment funds, private equity investors, and family offices both domestically, and in Europe. Key members of the team for investment also include William Naunton, who acts for a variety of fund managers and insitutional investors, and Bonnie Calnan with her wealth of experience in multidisciplinary private equity and investment transactions. For the corporate occupiers side of the practice, Paul Jayson, who has a special interest in sustainability strategy and leads the firm’s green real estate team, is a key contact. Senior associate Nicholas Haringman contributes his experience in advising institutional investors, pension funds, and retailers on a broad range of commercial real estate matters.

      Practice head(s):

      Jonathan Northey

      Other key lawyers:

      Hayley Russell-White; Paul Jayson; Rob O’Hanrahan; Paul Dineen; George Burrha; Omer Maroof; William Naunton; Nicholas Haringman; James Knox; Bonnie Calnan; Jonathan Whiteford

      Testimonials

      ‘This is a team that understands and delivers. Real estate development has become increasingly complicated, but the team at DLA manages to co-ordinate all of the relevant departments and specialisms to ensure the required outcome is delivered. This is why I use DLA for all of my transactions whatever shape they take.’

      ‘The individuals I deal with understand me, how my companies are put together, and what the companies need. It is the ability to manage the transaction across all of the relevant departments and specialisms, whilst never losing sight of the goal, that keeps my loyalty with DLA.’

      ‘Great full service team with market leading experience across all aspects of complex real estate transactions involving differing stakeholders.’

      ‘Jonathan Whiteford – great grasp of complex real estate development transactions and a pleasure to work with. Has the added qualities of stickability and resilience on long-running and at times difficult transactions.’

      Key clients

      Mace Developments

      This is Gravity

      World Wheel Company

      Edyn Group

      Far East Consortium (FEC)

      Prologis

      Southend United Football Club

      Hadley Property Group

      PGIM

      Work highlights

      • Acting for Mace on all aspects of these two PBSA schemes; including the acquisition, development, finance, construction, and all planning aspects of the two sites in Exter and Cardiff.
      • Acting for This is Gravity Limited in connection with the redevelopment of the Gravity site near Bridgewater. The property is a decommissioned BAE Systems site to be developed into a sustainable low carbon smart campus spread over 635 acres with mixed use including offices, light industrial, residential, storage and distribution, energy generation and manufacturing.
      • Acted for the World Wheel Company on the long leasehold acquisition, planning and development financing of the “Giants on the Quayside” project on the banks of the River Tyne in Newcastle. This major regeneration project will create a waterfront destination for leisure, sport, food and drink.

      Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 2

      The ‘exceptional’ commercial property team at global firm DLA Piper is highly regarded for advising on complex living, office, pharmaceutical, and logistics development projects. Jonathan Northey leads the development side of the London practice, and specialises in complex multi-party development agreements and all parts of the development process, whilst senior associate Hayley Russell-White focuses on housing, mixed-use schemes, hotel and leisure, and healthcare projects. On the investment and corporate occupiers front, James Knox leads with over 30 years’ experience in acting for sovereign wealth and investment funds, private equity investors, and family offices both domestically, and in Europe. Key members of the team for investment also include William Naunton, who acts for a variety of fund managers and insitutional investors, and Bonnie Calnan with her wealth of experience in multidisciplinary private equity and investment transactions. For the corporate occupiers side of the practice, Paul Jayson, who has a special interest in sustainability strategy and leads the firm’s green real estate team, is a key contact. Senior associate Nicholas Haringman contributes his experience in advising institutional investors, pension funds, and retailers on a broad range of commercial real estate matters.

      Practice head(s):

      James Knox

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘The team is very capable and has a strong bench at the different areas needed for complex real estate development investments (including planning, construction, corporate, real estate, REF) across multiple jurisdictions in Europe. What makes them stand out is their commercial approach and ability effectively manage across these difference workstreams.’

      ‘In particular William Naunton and Paul Jayson stand out for their responsiveness, commerciality, ability to see the big picture and effectively coordinate the different disciplines.’

      Key clients

      AXA IM

      La Salle Investment Management

      Harrison Street Real Estate

      Mace Developments

      Barings Real Estate/Mass Mutual

      ProLogis

      Shaftesbury plc

      PGIM

      Hines

      Oval Real Estate

      Ares

      TPG

      Savills IM

      CBRE IM

      Sunrise Real Estate

      GLP

      Work highlights

      • Advising on the acquisition of circa £250 million of industrial assets for the TPG/4th Industrial portfolio.
      • Advising on circa £150 million of asset acquisitions and disposals for Savills Investment Management.
      • Advising Harrison Street Real Estate on the JV with Trinity Investment Mangement to acquire science parks across the UK, following the five the firm acquired in 2020.

      Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 2

      DLA Piper is highly regarded for its expertise in major infrastructure projects, spanning UK, international and PFI/PPP disputes, as well as project advisory work. It acts for clients across the whole of the construction supply chain, and has particular expertise in energy, heavy industry and process plants, and development investment. Paul Giles leads the team from Manchester. Bob Maynard and Caroline Pope have added considerable strength to the team since joining in 2020; both offer extensive experience in utilities and nuclear related matters, as well as commercial development and engineering disputes, respectively. Edward Shaw specialises in international arbitration, with particular experience advising Korean and Chinese clients. Anna Mills focuses on construction and engineering disputes, whilst Alison Fagan has a strong reputation for advising UK PPP portfolios.

      Practice head(s):

      Paul Giles

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘DLA Piper is a hands-on, results-driven practice that ensures it gets on top of the detail from the start, right through its team from its associates through to senior partners.’

      ‘Anna Mills’ combination of knowledge, drive and attention to detail are second-to-none, and she delivers excellent results.’

      ‘Edward Shaw is an exceptional litigator – he is always hands on with the dispute, works seamlessly with his team and is always thinking two steps ahead in terms of the litigation and also the client’s commercial needs.

      ‘Mark Briggs is a very able litigator. His written work is excellent and his client care is extremely attentive.’

      ‘Very strong across the board and at all levels. Their PFI/Projects and infrastructure teams are particularly strong.’

      ‘Alison Fagan is an excellent partner. She is very good at educating bringing on associates to ensure good service at all levels.’

      ‘They are knowledgeable and experienced, with great attention to detail. The firm has the ability to understand quickly the main issues and formulate a clear plan.’

      ‘Caroline Pope is head and shoulders better than the competition. She is clear and precise in her analysis of the issues. Highly recommended.’

      Key clients

      ABB Group

      Affinity Water

      AXA XL

      Carillion Construction

      Daewoo Engineering & Construction

      Eco World

      Erith Contractors Limited

      Hitachi Rail

      Kier Construction Ltd

      Mott MacDonald

      Samsung Engineering Co. Ltd

      Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd

      Sureserve Group Plc

      Work highlights

      • Advising Erith Contractors Limited in both the TCC and Court of Appeal.
      • Advising Eco World/Ballymore on a dispute heard in the TCC, which was significant as it involved two new findings of law.
      • Advising Transform Schools (Knowsley) Ltd in a £20m complex defects claim against Balfour Beatty in the TCC.

      Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 2

      DLA Piper provides advice on a broad array of construction, engineering, and infrastructure matters to a number of household name clients. Peter Lowe and Sarah Thomas co-lead the wider team, with each focusing on a different arm of the practice. Lowe leads the transactional side, covering real estate matters, including commercial, residential, hotels, logistics sites, data centres, and retail, with particular expertise in the private rented sector and student accommodation projects. Meanwhile, Thomas focuses on the infrastructure and projects side, with extensive experience advising on complex EPC and EPCM projects, including civil, engineering, energy and transport matters, as well as a growing focus on infratech.

      Practice head(s):

      Peter Lowe; Sarah Thomas

      Other key lawyers:

      Corinne McCarthy; Stephen Malley

      Testimonials

      ‘Full service, experienced construction practice with consistent excellence across all practitioners.’

      ‘Stephen Malley is a high profile practitioner who not only knows his stuff, but is great to work with.’

      Key clients

      CA Ventures

      Global Student Accommodation

      Harrison Street Real Estate

      Southend Football Club

      Highways England Company Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advising CA Ventures on the procurement and construction of new build purpose built student accommodation projects in the UK.
      • Advising HSRE on the construction documentation in connection with its joint ventures in the UK for student accommodation science park developments.
      • Advising LaSalle on the construction documentation its large scale office redevelopment projects.

      Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 2

      The team at DLA Piper attracts a strong following of large multinational companies and public sector clients, and is adept at advising on legislative reform, cross-border compliance programmes, litigation and cyber incidents.  Benefiting from significant experience in interacting with the ICO, the team is well positioned to assist with investigations and enforcement actions. Leading the practice is Ross McKean, who is recommended for global data governance matters, information access requests and cyberattack responses. McKean works alongside Leeds-based Andrew Dyson, who has extensive expertise in advising government bodies on policy matters and novel issues such as AI, and ‘professional and very passionate’ legal director David Cook in Manchester.

      Practice head(s):

      Ross McKean

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘David Cook is driven, professional and very passionate about his work.’

      Key clients

      Chubb Insurance Group

      BlackRock

      Dell

      UnitedHealth Group Airbus

      Aon

      Department for Digital Culture Media and sport

      Mastercard

      IPSA

      Work highlights

      • Advised the UK Government on its landmark package of reforms to the UK’s data protection laws.
      • Assisted the ICO with its ground-breaking development of its transfer risk assessment in response to Schrems II.
      • Acted for Visa on a range of projects, including all aspects of its international data transfer strategy post-Schrems II.

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

      DLA Piper  is recognised for its breadth of work across the fintech arena, representing new fintech platforms and disruptive fintech models as well as advising on the protection of technology driven products. Practice head Martin Bartlam supports clients on a variety of activities relating to digital assets, cryptocurrencies, NFTS and digital infrastructure. Co-head Anthony Day has expertise in relation to fintech projects, encompassing the technology and regulatory aspects. Sophie Lessar and legal director David Cook are also key names to note.

      Practice head(s):

      Martin Bartlam; Anthony Day

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Technology innovator.’

      ‘Martin Bartlam is an outstanding individual.’

      ‘They are a great team and wonderful partner for us.’

      Key clients

      ING Bank N.V.

      Archax Limited

      EQT Ventures

      Eldridge

      Athora

      Willis Towers Watson

      Provenir

      Land Technologies Limited

      Revolut Ltd

      Montis Digital

      Lendable

      Work highlights

      • Assisted Provenir, a cloud-based software company specialising in credit risk decisioning, with developing a strategic partnership with TransUnion International UK Limited, a major global credit reporting and data insights company.
      • Advised Land Technologies on all aspects of it £42m Series A investment from Updata Partners, a venture capital fund based in Washington, D.C.

      TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 2

      ‘Very experienced in soft IP and a leader in the field in sports law’, DLA Piper‘s IP practice covers a wide range of matters for its clients, both contentious and transactional in nature. Praised as a ‘pleasure to work with’, Ruth Hoy leads the practice which advises on a number of major multinational clients’ trade mark portfolios and also assists with design rights issues. The prosecution practice was bolstered with the arrival of Patricia Collis from Bird & Bird LLP, and the media and entertainment, and retail and fashion industries are also key sectors for the team. Simon Levine is a media and entertainment litigation expert, and John Wilks is known for his audiovisual anti-piracy practice, acting for the Premier League and others in the sports industry. Nick Fitzpatrick is a media rights expert and Duncan Calow works at the intersection of content, technology and e-commerce. Claire Sng is also a brand protection and portfolio management expert.

      Practice head(s):

      Ruth Hoy

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Very experienced in soft IP and a leader in the field in sports law.’

      ‘Ruth Hoy is a delight to work with. Gives excellent advice from a legal and commercial perspective.’

      Key clients

      Nike

      The Football Association Premier League Limited

      Football DataCo

      Mondelez International Inc

      Emirates Airlines

      International Airlines Group/ British Airways

      NTT Limited

      Lloyds of London

      Lululemon

      London Stock Exchange

      BrewDog

      Mondelez

      Bajaj Auto Limited

      Toshiba

      Duracell

      Arla Foods Amba and Arla Foods Limited

      Papa Johns

      Merlin Entertainment

      UEFA

      FIFA

      Nikon

      NetJets Management Limited

      Hermès

      BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) Limited

      Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (“ICE”)

      Currys

      Discovery Communications

      City, University of London

      NLA Media Access

      Dalton BidCo Limited

      Work highlights

      • Acted for TCL Technology in relation to a technically complex dispute with Vodafone, related to IP infringement and breach of confidence claims in respect of electronics products designed and produced for the medical market by TCL.
      • Acted for Safaricom on a heavily negotiated, high-value brand licensing deal.
      • Advised Inspired Pet Nutrition on the IP aspects of its acquisition of Pet Food UK Limited.

      Transport > Rail Tier 2

      Robert Smith and Colin Wilson head the practice at DLA Piper that acts for both private and public sector clients in the rail sector on a wide a range of issues. The versatile team is skilled at delivering high-profile rolling stock procurements, advising on rail franchise competitions and on wider infrastructure projects. It has a detailed knowledge of the UK statutory and regulatory regime and is well-placed to advise on many complex matters relating to the regulation of the rail industry in the UK. It also has an excellent planning practice and the group is recommended too for its work on various operational matters such as franchise support and rolling stock leasing in addition to health and safety matters, station and depot leasing and competition law.

      Practice head(s):

      Robert Smith; Colin Wilson

      Other key lawyers:

      Carla Hancock; Howard Bassford

      Testimonials

      ‘Robert Smith stands out as his knowledge of the sector is phenomenal, his ability to understand both the law and the commercial makes him a stand out trusted business adviser. This is a new relationship but very promising’.

      ‘Experienced, professional and adaptive to the developing requirements of the project’.

      ‘Howard Bassford has provided a guiding mind to our project, his knowledge of the planning process in general and the requirements of Development Consent Order applications in particular being a critical strength’.

      Key clients

      Abellio Transport Holdings Limited

      Agility Trains

      Department for Transport

      East West Rail Company Limited

      Hitachi Rail Europe

      High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

      South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive / South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority

      Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive (Nexus)

      Volkerrail Limited

      Work highlights

      • Acting for the Department for Transport on the £1.4bn refinancing of the Thameslink Rolling Stock project.
      • Acting for HS2 in respect of complex environmental, planning and protestor matters for Phase 1 of HS2.
      • Advising Nexus on MetroFlow project, a pathfinder project to expand capacity of a light rail system through transfer of underused Network Rail assets.

      Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Liverpool Tier 2

      DLA Piper‘s North West offering functions as a seamless collaboration between the firm’s Manchester and Liverpool offices. ‘Formidable litigator’ and location head Andrew Smith splits his time between the two locations, while ‘tough commercial lawyer and brilliant client handlerChristina Sharma takes charge at the latter. The team is known for conducting complex, multi-jurisdictional and high-value work, mainly out of the High Court or in the international arbitration arena. Sharma also brings her expertise as the media, sports and entertainment group lead to the practice.

      Practice head(s):

      Andrew Smith; Christina Sharma

      Other key lawyers:

      Danielle Carter

      Testimonials

      ‘Hugely experienced commercial lawyers, strength in depth, very approachable and easy to work with, tough.’

      ‘Christina Sharma is a tough commercial lawyer and brilliant client handler, and just a delight to work with.’

      ‘The team had excellent leadership and and a mix of seniority to progress and conclude the our case within a pre-defined cost envelope. Each member of the DLA Piper team was empowered to deliver the agreed tasks and activities. When working on the case, the client and DLA Piper team worked as one to pursue the objective. We needed a firm that could provide an assertive stance, expert advice and proactive management. DLA Piper delivered in all respects.’

      ‘All members of the team were committed to our case and showed the same commitment as the client team. Conversations and written communications were timely, constructive and always crafted with the end in mind.’

      ‘The team was led by Christiana Sharma. Christina recognised that we as a client team were not legal experts and managed us ensuring the case remained on track. Christina has deep expertise in her field, is able to create and execute a case strategy and has sound commercial judgement.’

      ‘My experience of working with DLA Piper Liverpool has left me impressed by the team’s legal analysis, responsiveness, and grasp of detail.’

      ‘When I compare this team to the London commercial city firms I am instructed by, I am struck by how much better value the DLA Piper Liverpool office provides.’

      ‘Andrew Smith is a formidable litigator. Andrew has exceptional judgement and inspires great confidence as a result. He remains on top of detail, with an impressive grasp of shareholder issues in particular, but never loses sight of the strategic objectives in the litigation. Andrew is also an easy communicator, meaning that the client is always up to speed and understands their options.’

      Key clients

      Flywheel IT Services Limited

      OBN Private Jet Limited

      Portaltech Reply Limited & The Reply Group

      The Liverpool Football & Athletic Grounds Limited (LFC)

      His Excellency Naser Butti Yousef Almheiri (UAE high networth)

      Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL)

      ScottishPower Energy Retail Limited

      Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited (USS)

      International Cotton Association

      Work highlights

      • Representing Flywheel in relation to separate but related High Court proceedings arising from the acquisition of an IT company, facing a claim for £3.5m and bringing a claim for misrepresentation/breach of warranty for approximately £12m.
      • Representing OBN Private Jet and Mr Naser Butti Yousef Almheiri in High Court proceedings valued at approximately $30m, in relation to the purchase and financing of a private jet.
      • Acting for Portaltech Reply in a technology dispute against Iceland Foods, which concerns Iceland’s website, in which Portaltech was claiming sums from Iceland.

      Public sector > Local government Tier 2

      DLA Piper’s practice is able to support clients on a broad range of matters, from corporate and commercial projects to outsourcing issues and questions regarding pensions. Of note is its involvement in high value public sector projects. Sarah Bell and Liam Cowell  co-head the team. Bell has expertise in commercial projects and joint ventures, while Cowell is specialised in social infrastructure, transport and waste management projects. Gemma Cowap stands out for her knowledge of public commercial trading projects and strategic partnerships.

      Practice head(s):

      Sarah Bell; Liam Cowell

      Other key lawyers:

      Gemma Cowap; Lorna Pattison; Maria Pereira

      Testimonials

      ‘We have a long-standing relationship with DLA going back a number of years. This allows us to have positive conversations about our requirements with a supplier who is sensitive to our needs and objectives. It also means that although DLA provide specific specialisms, there is a high degree of collaboration and very positive support wherever we need it.’

      ‘We have worked with Liam Cowell for just over two years and he has been positive in finding us innovative solutions to difficult problems. His experience in the PFI sector is invaluable in this and being able to consider problems from all angles. Liam has been supported brilliantly from this team by Lorna Pattison and Maria Pereira who are both flexible and very focused on finding appropriate solutions.’

      ‘Still the best, worked with the team for many years, they provide realistic and pragmatic advice, an approachable team.’

       

       

      Key clients

      Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council

      Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority

      Halton Borough Council / Mersey Gateway Crossing Board Limited

      Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

      Liverpool City Council

      Liverpool Vision Limited

      Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

      Transport for Greater Manchester

      Transport for the North

      Westminster City Council

      Wirral Borough Council

      Sciontec Developments Limited

      Work highlights

      • Appointed by Sefton Council as their legal advisers with regard to the development of what will be an iconic Marine Lake Events Centre in Southport.
      • Advised Sciontec Developments Limited (part owned by Liverpool City Council) on strategic development sites and how it may grow its footprint across the Knowledge Quarter.
      • Advised on the set-up and investment strategy of a new company, LCR Ventures Limited (“LCRV”), which (supported with GBP7.5 million funding from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and in conjunction with the North West Innovation Agency) will provide business incubator services and proof of concept investment funding to high potential SMEs in the Liverpool City Region. Several NHS trusts are involved in the collaboration.

      Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 2

      DLA Piper‘s real estate team displays particular expertise in the development and investment sectors, working with local clients as well as international investment funds and institutional investors. Based in both Liverpool and Manchester, Alison Mills leads the team and regularly advises corporate occupiers in all asset classes. Mark Beardwood specialises in development deals, also splitting his time between both locations. Experienced real estate investment and development lawyer Tom Kelsall leads on key deals and continues to play a leading role in the practice.

      Practice head(s):

      Alison Mills

      Other key lawyers:

      Key clients

      Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited

      PGIM Real Estate

      Heineken UK Limited

      Downing Developments

      Elite Partners Capital

      CBRE Global Investors

      LaSalle Investment Management

      Schroder Real Estate Managers

      Maslow Capital

      Nuveen

      Elan Homes Limited

      CBRE Limited as Receivers on behalf of Toys R Us Properties (UK) Limited (in LPA receivership)

      John Lewis Partnership Pension Fund

      Capital & Centric

      Barings Real Estate Advisers

      Orchard Street Investment Management/St James’s Place UK Plc

      Greater Manchester Pension Fund

      Greater Manchester Combined Authority

      Beaufort Capital

      Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council

      Amstone Developments Limited

      4th Industrial Limited

      Envivo Group

      Elite Logistics Fund

      Elite Commercial REIT

      Ares Management UK

      Panattoni UK

      Crosslane Student Developments

      Rasmala Investment Bank

      Work highlights

      • Advising on the sale of a pan-European logistics and industrial portfolio with a total value of EUR520 million to Blackstone.
      • Advised CBRE Limited, acting as the joint LPA Receivers of Toys R Us Properties (UK) Limited, on the sale of the former Toys R Us 700,000 sq ft distribution centre in Coventry for GBP60 million to a joint venture between Bericote Properties and JP Morgan.
      • Advised Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited (USS) on the acquisiton and forward funding with Invesco for GBP143 million of 40 Eastbourne Terrace, Paddington to develop a 369-bedroom Premier Inn hotel and restaurant next to Paddington Station in London.

      Real estate > Construction Tier 2

      Known for its specialism in contentious matters, the construction team at DLA Piper primarily deal with PFI/PPP disputes, national and international disputes, as well as major non-contentious development matters. Practice head Paul Giles has particular expertise in cross-jurisdictional dispute avoidance and resolution within the energy and infrastructure sectors. Infrastructure expert Alison Fagan regularly handles PFI/PPP issues and disputes with complex supply chain arrangements. David Moss continues to support the team as a consultant, assisting with numerous non-standard contracts in the civil engineering space and building the practice’s international presence.

      Practice head(s):

      Paul Giles

      Other key lawyers:

      Alison Fagan; David Moss

      Testimonials

      ‘The whole contentious construction team is responsive, thorough and deliver good results.’

      ‘The team has obvious strength in depth. Work is conducted at levels appropriate to task. The team is extremely responsive and scales up or down according to workflows.’

      ‘Paul Giles’ experience and gravitas has been of significant benefit to us as a client, helping to bridge the gap in size between parties.’

      ‘Very strong PFI disputes knowledge, both legal and use of technical experts.’

      ‘Alison Fagan is well known to our organisation and trusted. A tough negotiator but pragmatic.’

      ‘Just very responsive and helpful. Always deliver.’

      ‘David Moss and Paul Giles are excellent.’

      Key clients

      Amber Infrastructure Group

      BAM Construction Limited

      BAM Nuttall Limited

      BMM JV Limited

      British Airways PLC

      Brunel University London

      Campus Living Ventures

      Core UK 2016 1 SARL (an SPV, owned by the AXA Group)

      Croda Europe Limited

      Dalmore Capital

      Equitix Limited

      G-Network Communications Limited

      Heineken (UK) Limited

      InfraRed Capital Partners

      NPH Healthcare Limited

      Premier Farnell UK Limited

      Prysmian Powerlink SRL

      Royal Smit Marine / Royal Smit Transformers BV

      Sakhalin Energy Investment Company

      Severfield (UK) Limited

      Steward Healthcare

      Strabag UK

      Telereal Trillium

      Transform Schools (Knowsley) Limited

      Watkin Jones & Son Limited

      XYZ Rail Limited (formerly Stobart Rail Limited)

      Work highlights

      • Acting for a GBP5.2 billion leading infrastructure fund which owns Transform Schools (Knowsley) Limited, the project company for the GBP600 million Knowsley Building Schools for the Future Project in Merseyside. The project involves the demolition of existing schools stock and the construction of 8 new state of the art schools.
      • Acted for Croda Europe Limited in respect of two related contractual adjudications and the subsequent enforcement proceedings, in which Croda was wholly successful.
      • Acting for Watkin Jones, the UK’s leading developer and manager of residential student accommodation, in respect of a claim being pursued against it by the current leaseholder of a building designed and built by Watkin Jones in 2009.

      Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

      DLA Piper‘s property litigation practice is notable for advising clients across several sectors including government outsourcing, telecommunications, and hospitality and leisure. Expert litigator Martin Griffiths leads the team, drawing on significant expertise in advising on high-value development projects, managing complex property portfolios, assisting with rent review disputes, and acting in relation to option agreement disputes. Legal director Rachael Jones handles numerous dilapidation disputes and lease renewals, working with pension funds and institutional investors.

      Practice head(s):

      Martin Griffiths

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Without exception I have found everyone I have dealt with to be thoroughly competent and easy to work with’

      ‘My most recent case has been with Rachael Jones. It was a very difficult and complicated case which went on for a number of months and concluded with a successful mediation settlement. Throughout Rachael was very easy to work with, even when the lockdown hit us, and we were both working from home and having to do many things remotely. In all respects I found her to be first class’

      ‘Straightforward commercial advice.’

      Key clients

      4th Industrial Limited

      Telefonica Digital Limited

      Jones Lang LaSalle

      Telestream UK Limited

      The Pollen Estate Trustee Company Limited

      ASM Global

      Hochtief UK Construction Limited

      John Wood PLC

      Schroders Real Estate

      Liverpool Football Club

      Picton

      Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited

      USF Nominees Limited (Unilever’s Pension Fund)

      Heineken UK Limited

      Pilkington UK Limited

      Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council

      FI Real Estate Management

      St James’s Place UK Plc

      Downing Developments

      M.R.C. Pension Trust Limited

      London Borough of Southwark

      UK Insurance Ltd

      AECOM Limited

      Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

      Corum XL

      CBRE Investment Management

      LaSalle Investment Management

      Nuveen

      Elan Homes Limited

      Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)

      Toys R Us Properties (UK) Limited (in LPA receivership)

      Lab Selkirk House Limited

      ABB Limited

      Arvato Limited

      Capital & Centric Limited

      SGS-UK Limited

      Work highlights

      • Acting for the pension fund of a global plc in advising as to liability for replacement of combustible insulation panels at a prominent hotel site in London. Value of works to be carried out in the region of GBP1 million.
      • Acting for an institutional investor client in making an application for injunctive relief against multiple neighbouring property owners and occupiers to prevent persistent blocking of our client’s GBP65 million industrial estate.
      • Acting for a French institutional investor client in bringing a claim for an implied easement and/or rectification of title to give them access to their GBP20 million development site. Also pursuing the client’s previous solicitors for negligence in their acquisition of the site.

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

      DLA Piper advises local, national and international clients across a wide range of sectors, including manufacturing, food and beverage, consumer goods, fashion and retail. Sarah Bell oversees the firm’s North West offering. Lee Brierley heads the Manchester office, handling matters in relation to brand acquisition, technology partnering arrangements and, licensing and manufacturing agreements. Peter Brook leads the Liverpool office and deals with commercial non-contentious IP issues. Legal director Jim McDonnell focuses on technology transactions and IP litigation.

      Practice head(s):

      Sarah Bell; Lee Brierley; Peter Brook

      Other key lawyers:

      Key clients

      Honeywell International Inc

      Laura Ashley IP Holdings LLC

      Key Group

      Premier League

      Fluent Money

      Sellafield

      The Hut Group

      takepayments

      AO World

      Snowdonia Cheese Co

      Work highlights

      • Handled a high-value multi-jurisdiction patent portfolio litigation for Honeywell International against a major competitor in safety and productivity solutions, concerning digital bar code imaging technology and impacting a wide range of bar code scanners and mobile computers.
      • Advised Key Group in respect of the branding and other IPR implications of its long-term collaboration with Phoenix Group (the largest long term savings and retirement company in the UK) regarding the development and provision of later life lending products under the Standard Life Home Finance Brand.
      • Advised The Hut Group and its e-commerce services division, THG Ingenuity, on a multimillion-pound deal with respect to the launch of ZYN.

      Projects, energy and natural resources > Projects Tier 2

      Geared to support on ‘Scots law, English law and international projects’, DLA Piper’s Edinburgh office is home to the ‘exceptional’ Lillian Mackenzie; she leads the national projects group, acting on both publicly and privately led projects, particularly those within the social infrastructure space. Legal director Charlene McLaughlan is the other key name locally and is especially well versed in operational PPP project mandates within the health, roads, waste, justice and education sectors.

      Practice head(s):

      Lillian Mackenzie

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Charlene McLaughlan and her team are all very helpful, knowledgeable and very approachable.’

      ‘A very personalised serviced delivered by DLA who very quickly recognise their clients expertise and requirements and tailor their own support accordingly. Deep sector knowledge coupled with a pragmatic approach.’

      ‘Lillian Mackenzie is widely recognised as having an exceptional understanding of the sector and the complexities of the legal structures employed in the Infrastructure sector. A natural leader and likely to become a key team member in most situations.’

      ‘The DLA Piper Projects team is exceptional and always delivers work on time, in an efficient and productive manner. The team in Edinburgh are extremely friendly and I enjoy working with them whenever possible on our company’s PFI, procurement and contractual matters, which they’re always willing and helpful in assisting us with. They specialise in both Scots law, English law and international project related matters.’

      ‘Lillian Mackenzie is very capable, diligent and skips straight to the chase – she is direct in approach and friendly to work with, always responding on time and delivering efficient and valuable legal advice. Our wider UK legal team in particular took great value from Lillian’s insightful and in-depth training on PFI expiry and handback/handover procedures in PPP projects.’

      ‘Charlene McLaughlan is an expert in her field and gave us in-depth and invaluable legal advice in a difficult PFI issue were experiencing – Charlene put our company at ease and stayed in constant communication throughout the matter.’

      ‘Capable. excellent market knowledge. Always available and quick turn around and very clear advice.’

      ‘Lillian Mackenzie; very organised, knowledge, and responsive. Very confident and consistent on positions Charlene McLaughan; great output, accurate and always on time despite very tough deadlines.’

      Key clients

      City of Glasgow Council

      Welsh Government

      Velindre University NHS Trust

      Biffa

      Work highlights

      • Advising Velindre University NHS Trust on its £562m pathfinder MIM healthcare project, currently at dialogue stage, involving the design, build, finance and maintenance of a new Cancer Centre.
      • Advising Biffa Waste Services Limited as the preferred bidder appointed to deliver the Deposit Return Scheme in Scotland.
      • Continuing to advise City of Glasgow Council on its £200m operational waste PFI project.

      Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 2

      A ‘well-resourced team with vast knowledge of the real estate sector’, DLA Piper handles an abundance of developer, investment and leasing mandates, catering to a client roster which includes prominent corporate occupiers, retailers, shopping centres and property funds. Drew Wallace heads the practice and is adept in construction, transaction and development mandates whereas consultant Sheila Irvine is extensively well-versed in all facets of real estate, from both a public and private sector perspective. The team was bolstered by the arrival of Finlay Campbell in November 2021; he joins from Brodies LLP and arrives with leasing and transactional expertise in the office, industrial, leisure and alternative market fields.

      Practice head(s):

      Drew Wallace

      Other key lawyers:

      Steve Edgecombe; Carolyne Hair; Finlay Campbell; Sheila Irvine; Stephen Dick

      Testimonials

      ‘Finlay Campbell is always very diligent and extremely knowledgeable in all commercial property matters and we have always been very impressed with his knowledge and approach to handling our requirements.’

      ‘The have a well-resourced team with vast knowledge of the real estate sector.’

      ‘They have strong communication skills and they are able to turn work around in a very fast manner. This ensures work is driven through which plays a critical role in value. Stephen Dick exemplifies this.’

      Key clients

      Admiral Taverns – UK pub owners (over 2000 pubs)

      Aecom Limited

      Aggregate Industries UK plc

      Alba Group

      Ambassador Theatre Group

      Artisan Real Estate Investors Limited

      AXA

      British Airways

      Caledonian Heritable

      Campus Living

      Government of the United Kingdom

      Greencoat UK Wind Plc

      Hansteen Property Investments Limited

      Harrison Street Real Estate

      Henry Boot Developments

      HGIT Edinburgh Limited (Hines)

      Hines Global

      LaSalle Investment Management

      Ministry of Defence

      Odeon Cinemas

      Osborne & Co/Vanguard Limited

      Places for People

      Proprium

      Structured House Group

      St Enoch Trustee Company (Blackstone and Sovereign)

      Work highlights

      • Following the acquisition of over 1800 pubs from Punch Taverns, DLA Piper Scotland has continued to manage Heineken’s UK property portfolio, including a number of required (by the Regulator) disposal programmes including the Project Tokyo UK wide sale to Admiral Taverns.
      • Advising on the multi-million corporate disposal of the share capital of the entities owning adjoining Edinburgh trophy office buildings Princes Exchange/New Uberior House. Despite COVID-19, Scotland office space continues to be in short supply and demand is high, both in terms of tenant interest and investment
      • Advising the UK Government on the legal framework for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26), including negotiation of rights of access and occupation of key Scotland venues.

      Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 2

      DLA Piper's tax team is led by David Smith who is noted for being 'very intelligent and highly commercial'. The group covers tax aspects in connection with transactional M&A, private equity and management structuring, global mobility, employment intermediaries and employee equity incentives. Senior associate Richard Johnson is well versed in private equity matters and transactions in the clean energy sector.

      Practice head(s):

      David Smith

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Consistency from top down.’

      ‘David Smith – absolutely brilliant – very intelligent and highly commercial, a most unusual combination!’

      Key clients

      Reach plc

      Greencoat Capital

      Lloyds Development Capital

      Robert Half Limited

      Sun Capital

      Bank of Ireland PLC

      Brickability Group PLC

      NCC Group plc

      Aptitude Software Group PLC

      Sytner Group Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advised the management team of Medivet on their sale and reinvestment as part of CVC Capital Partner’s investment in the Medivet Group.
      • Advised Brickability Group PLC in relation to its conditional acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Taylor Maxwell Group (2017) Limited.
      • Advised Altus Group UK Limited on the recent changes to the IR35 off-payroll working regime, including helping Altus develop its strategy, providing training and redrafting their suite of contractual provisions to reflect this.

      Employment > Pensions Tier 2

      DLA Piper's pension team has a particular focus on manufacturing and financial services clients. It has seen an increase in buy-ins and corporate restructuring work as well as providing advice to trustees on GMP equalisation. Andrew McIlhinney leads the team that includes legal directors Simon Evans and Craig Looker, who have experience in pensions insurance law and guiding trustees through engagement with the Pensions Regulator, respectively. On the contentious side, David Young is the key practitioner.

      Practice head(s):

      Andrew McIlhinney

      Key clients

      Trustees of the Yorkshire Building Society

      Trustees of the Ronseal Pension Scheme

      Trustees of the Bibby Line Group Pension Scheme

      Trustees of the Univar Company Pension Scheme (1978)

      Trustees of the Urenco UK Pension Scheme

      RR Donnelley Inc

      Ardagh Glass

      Arconic Manufacturing (GB) Limited

      Marshalls Plc

      Rittal CSM Ltd

      Work highlights

      • Arranging the buy-in of the entire benefits provided under the Scheme with a bulk annuity provider, including the project management of the selection of the buy-in advisers and the insurance provider for this £350m.
      • Assisting Ardagh Glass UK with the demerger of two (out of three) sections of a DB occupational pension scheme, into two new schemes – including the project management role.

      Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

      DLA Piper’s banking and finance department houses a dedicated real estate and project finance team that is spearheaded by ‘star performer’ Kirstie Allerton. The group leverages its international network to effectively handle cross-border mandates; co-head Sarah Day has extensive experience in highly structured and cross-border transactions, acting for both UK and US banks.  Areas of expertise include debt finance and asset-based lending. Legal director Laura Gordon and senior associate Robert Cockburn are noted for their expertise in the financing of energy and infrastructure projects.

      Practice head(s):

      Kirstie Allerton; Sarah Day

      Other key lawyers:

      Robert Cockburn; Laura Gordon; Carol Conway; Alex Smyllie

      Testimonials

      ‘The team is approachable and easy to deal with at the same time as knowing their stuff.’

      ‘Kirstie Allerton is a star performer.’

      ‘Carol Conway and Alex Smyllie are very strong team members. They get to the point quickly and have their eye on getting the deal done.’

      Key clients

      Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

      Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

      National Australia Bank

      Aviva Commercial Finance Limited

      Henry Boot PLC

      NatWest Bank plc

      Town Centre Securities plc

      Kommunalkredit Austria AG

       

       

      Work highlights

      • Acted for Aviva Investors on a £48m sustainable green debt facility to various subsidiaries of Urban Logistics REIT.
      • Advised Iduna Infrastructure Limited on its c. £4m debt raising via Abundance Investment’s crowd funding platform.
      • Acted for Emerald Publishing on a £37.5m refinancing with Barclays Bank plc and HSBC UK Bank plc.

      Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

      DLA Piper is regularly instructed on high profile insolvency and restructuring mandates by a range of clients in the financial sector, including clearing banks and lenders that have complex loan structures involving overseas and/or publicly listed borrowers. The team also demonstrates strength within the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, with ‘stand out lawyer’ James Davison acting for several restaurant groups. Practice head Barney Smedley shows ‘tireless leadership‘ and maintains a strong relationship with financial institutions both in the region and nationally.

      Practice head(s):

      Barney Smedley

      Other key lawyers:

      James Davison; Susannah Dingley; Izzie Drylie

      Testimonials

      ‘They demonstrate strength in depth and are always on hand to field queries and get involved in transactions. They are happy to be flexible around billing and work in a collaborative manner.’

      ‘The firm is notable for its strong commitment to the region and contribution to the wider restructuring community as an innovator, thought leader and convener.’

      ‘Barney Smedley in particular showed tireless leadership and impressive ease in managing all sides of a technically challenging project.’

      ‘James Davison is absolutely first class. He’s a stand out lawyer in his field and any business or institution would be lucky to count him as part of their team.’

      ‘We found the team to be extremely reactive, and resilient in a fast-moving situation where a full, vertical team was needed, both on contentious and non-contentious matters.’

      ‘The multi-disciplined team deployed their expertise with great effect to enable the complex litigation to succeed.’

      ‘DLA has a well-earned reputation for restructuring excellence across sectors and market segments.’

      Key clients

      HSBC Bank plc

      National Westminster Bank Plc

      Interpath Advisory

      Teneo Financial Advisory

      The Close Brothers Group (including Novitas Loans Limited)

      RSM Restructuring Advisory

      Drake & Morgan Group

      Quantuma

      PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

      Work highlights

        Public sector > Education Tier 2

        DLA Piper has experience acting for education policy makers and the wider public sector, as well as for the private sector clients. Furthermore, it is active for players who feed into the education sector, such as UK Research and Innovation, the University Superannuation Fund and developers of student housing. Property specialist Andrew Clarke and Richard Taylor, who is well versed in intellectual property issues and research-led and grant-funded transactions, head up the practice.

        Practice head(s):

        Andrew Clarke; Richard Taylor

        Other key lawyers:

        Nigel Howard

        Testimonials

        ‘The team provide a comprehensive range of legal services. DLA Piper provide real strength and depth to a full range of estates matters including procurement disputes, property transactions etc. The quality of the work is of the highest standard and they remain an integral part of our comprehensive legal service, a relied upon trusted partner.’

        ‘Nigel Howard has been a reliable and relied upon partner for many years with the University. The service that Nigel provides is both responsive and courteous but also of the highest quality which is backed up by the team that he leads.’

        Key clients

        UK Research and Innovation

        University of Law

        University of Sheffield

        West Nottinghamshire College

        The Northampton Roman Catholic Diocese Trustee

        Diocese of Leeds

        University Superannuation Fund

        Work highlights

        • Advising The Northampton Roman Catholic Diocese Trustee in respect of the grant of a lease to an independent school which is going to occupy a former school.
        • Advising the University of Law on allegations against the university that the members of staff made racist and discriminatory comments against a student.
        • Acting for the University of Sheffield as it replicates its Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre model in various sites around the UK, including Wales, Samlesbury and Derby.

        Public sector > Local government Tier 2

        DLA Piper provides a ‘high degree of collaboration and very positive support‘ to clients and is particularly active in the transport, regeneration, housing and waste industries. It advises on projects and procurement work,  real estate and planning issues, local government powers, and financing, employment and pension matters. Robert Smith leads the practice, which also includes legal director and transport sector specialist Carla Hancock.

        Practice head(s):

        Robert Smith

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘We have a long-standing relationship with DLA going back a number of years. This allows us to have positive conversations about our requirements with a supplier who is sensitive to our needs and objectives. It also means that although DLA provide specific specialisms, there is a high degree of collaboration and very positive support wherever we need it.’

        ‘We find Carla Hancock an invaluable support to our own internal project team because of the excellent understanding that she has of our needs.’

        ‘Broad knowledge of public transport sector and associated procurement law issues; good commercial know-how; offers clear & pragmatic advice; helps us to plan ahead for issues that may arise and develop strategy and solutions to challenges. Team is diverse, accessible and highly responsive.’

        ‘Robert Smith is very easy to deal with. Broad knowledge and industry experience, solid understanding of our business and industry, is diligent, patient and pragmatic. He has been our “go to” legal adviser for a range of issues arising from our contracts with numerous cities and councils throughout the UK.’

        Key clients

        City of London

        Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive

        Merseytravel

        Transport for Greater Manchester

        West Yorkshire Combined Authority

        Transport for the North

        Nottingham City Council

        Voi

        Gett

        Leicester City Council

        Transport for Wales

        South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive / South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority

        Urban Transport Group

        Rutland County Council

        Lincolnshire County Council

        Transport North East

        Work highlights

        • Advising TfGM and Greater Manchester Combined Authority on the introduction of bus franchising across Greater Manchester, the first such scheme introduced outside London.
        • Advising on TNE’s Bus Service Improvement Plan and Enhanced Partnership Schemes to support its bid to government for £805m of funding for bus improvements across the North East of England.
        • Advising Transport for Wales and Welsh Government on their response to the Covid-19 pandemic including funding and partnership arrangements with all local authorities and bus operators in Wales to support continued operation of bus services.

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

        DLA Piper boasts an enviable client roster of national and international corporates, and counts patent litigation, counterfeit matters, portfolio management and licensing arrangements amongst its workload. The team’s work frequently includes cross-border elements, particularly in the counterfeiting space. Following the retirement of Leigh Martin in August 2021, Sheffield-based Richard Taylor leads the practice and advises on IP issues arising out of corporate transactions, in addition to patent disputes. Legal director Jim McDonnell focuses on patents and technology transactions, while senior associate Aaron Trebble provides ‘well-thought contentious advice’ on IP and technology matters.

        Practice head(s):

        Richard Taylor

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Aaron Trebble has provided well-thought contentious advice and support on various matters. He has also provided support on various non-contentious matters relating to software and technology provision within a public sector entity.’

        Key clients

        Unilever

        Advanced Technology Research Councils (UAE)

        GE Healthcare

        Heineken

        Portakabin

        Hitachi Rail

        University of Sheffield

        Vaillant

        Arla Foods

        LivaNova

        Work highlights

        • Retained by Advanced Technology Research Councils (ATRC) to advise on and develop its IP structure, policies and guidelines.
        • Instructed by GE Healthcare on multiple transactions and advisory matters involving IP aspects.
        • Acting for Portakabin Limited in relation to its enforcement and education programme to protect its valuable PORTAKABIN and PORTALOO trade marks from infringement and misuse by third parties.

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

        Focusing on the mid-market, DLA Piper is a business law firm with international reach and broad experience in equity funded M&A activity. The practice is particularly active in secondary fundraisings, but also provides expertise in IPOs. Alex Tamlyn spearheads the team and covers corporate finance, UK and international securities offerings, Class 1 acquisitions and disposals, schemes of arrangement, corporate governance and securities regulation matters.

        Practice head(s):

        Alex Tamlyn

        Other key lawyers:

        Martin Penn

        Key clients

        Watkins Jones

        Dignity Funerals plc

        PureTech Health plc

        Allied Minds plc

        Dechra Pharmaceuticals plc

        Aptitude Software Group plc

        Learning Technologies Group plc

        RPS Group plc

        Medica Group plc

        John Menzies plc

        Knights Group Holdings plc

        Mothercare plc

        Staffline Group plc

        International Personal Finance plc

        Montana Aerospace AG

        Eurasia Mining plc

        Science Group

        Abry Partners

        Brickability Group plc

        Keyword Studios plc

        MKS Instruments

        Philip Morris International

        HUTCHMED China

        Keller Group plc

        Work highlights

        • Advising Learning Technologies Group on its placing of new ordinary shares, which raised gross proceeds of £85m (before expenses).
        • Advising global biopharmaceutical company HUTCHMED on its Hong Kong public offering.
        • Advising John Menzies on its cash box placing and direct subscription by certain shareholding directors raising £22m.

        Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 3

        DLA Piper’s team is co-headed by Tony Katz and Sam Millar; the former is well-versed in conducting investigations throughout the UK, EU, US and Asia, both internal and external, while the latter provides the group with considerable expertise in money laundering, insider trading, cybercrime, market manipulation and accounting irregularities. Patrick Rappo is the other senior name in London and acts on an array of corruption, fraud and international bribery affairs.

        Practice head(s):

        Tony Katz; Sam Millar

        Other key lawyers:

        Patrick Rappo; Puesan Lam

        Testimonials

        ‘Very slick outfit. Worked with them on a high profile and challenging commercial JR case. They were excellent with the clients and on litigation strategy.’

        ‘The key strength of this DLA team is the partners. I have worked often with Jeremy Sher and Tony Katz and regard them as exceptionally good. That sets the tone for the team as the work product from associates who have trained and worked with, in particular, Jeremy (as the more junior partner) reflects his work ethic and ability.’

        ‘The partners, including Tony Katz, are both amongst the very best I have worked with: tactically astute, very clever, see straight through to the heart of the dispute and show great judgment.’

        ‘Commercial approach; good judgment; hardworking.’

        Key clients

        Sunrise Brokers LLP / Canto Fitzgerald Group

        National Westminster plc

        UK Finance

        Exclusive Change Capital

        Lloyds Banking Group Plc

        HSBC Private Bank

        Fistoco Ltd

        Bank of Baroda

        WNS Global Services

        Libra Capital Limited

        Thomas Kalaris

        Global Investment Strategy UK Ltd

        GLAS Trust Corporation Limited

        Global professional service firm

        PDL Finance Limited

        Clydesdale

        Oxford European Holdings Inc.

        VEON Digital Limited

        Work highlights

        • Represented Sunrise throughout the course an FCA investigation.
        • Advised NatWest, part of the NatWest Group, in proceedings brought against the bank for three offences of failing to comply with anti-money-laundering regulations – the first time a financial institution has faced criminal prosecution by the FCA under the AML laws in the UK.
        • Appointed by the UK trade body for banks and UK Finance in relation to its responses to the FCA’s consultation on a new Consumer Duty.

        Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 3

        At DLA Piper, the team caters to global banks, financial institutions, insurers, regulators and fintech players, among others, on a broad array of domestic and multi-jurisdictional issues, including fintech, transactional and regulatory investigation matters. Tony Katz has garnered significant exposure to UK, US, EU and Asian regulation, serving as practice co-head with Michael McKee who brings over 30 years‘ worth of experience to the table and has amassed considerable expertise in MiFID II and securities regulation, PSD 2 and payment regulation, and the corporate governance of financial institutions; he is also well-versed in European Directives and PSD implementation in addition to wealth management and private banking matters. Senior associate Chris Whittaker is singled out as ‘one to watch’, owing to his knowledge of securities requirements, regulatory authorisations and conduct of business regulations.

        Practice head(s):

        Tony Katz; Michael McKee

        Other key lawyers:

        Stuart Murdoch; Chris Whittaker

        Testimonials

        ‘For me, DLA Piper are the first choice for any large scale FS outsourcing projects in the UK. They have a very strong team in terms of skills/capability and a broad base of relevant expertise and experience. I’m very confident we made the right choice with DLA Piper and I would have no hesitation is recommending them.’

        ‘They are very pragmatic and provide good commercial advice.’

        ‘Chris Whittaker is one to watch. He handles all of our work and we trust him with all of our regulatory work. We wouldn’t go to any other firm for regulatory work so long as we can work with Chris.’

        Key clients

        UK Finance

        Northern Trust

        Key Group

        Financial Conduct Authority

        Currys plc

        Secured Trust Bank

        Willis Towers Watson

        Abrdn Standard Life

        Aberdeen Corporate Services Limited

        Sunrise Brokers LLP

        London Stock Exchange

        Work highlights

        • Advising UK Finance (representing c.300 banking and finance companies) on its responses to the FCA consultation papers on the new consumer duty.
        • Advising UK Finance (which was representing a number of UK banks) in its negotiations with the Post Office on a proposed three year extension to the Banking Framework.
        • Advised Northern Trust on its global trading book arrangements in the context of the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s rule 15a6.

        Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 3

        DLA Piper has a strong track record representing banks in disputes, including litigation relating to bonds, loan facilities and insolvencies. The group is well-placed to handle cross-border litigation, drawing on the wider firm’s offices around the world, and is particularly active in emerging markets. Jamie Curle and Jeremy Andrews jointly lead the practice, with Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry, a ‘superb tactician’, another key figure in the team. Andrews is praised as an ‘exceptional professional’, while Curle and Jeremy Sher are ‘razor sharp and intellectually brilliant’.

        Practice head(s):

        Jamie Curle; Jeremy Andrews

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘The team is excellent. The lawyers at all levels are very good. They have the capacity and the ability to handle the largest pieces of litigation with ease, holding their own against any rivals. A firm that you could not go wrong with.’

        ‘Experienced and good quality performers, with deep industry knowledge and well-staffed teams.’

        ‘Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry: superb tactician. Jamie Curle: effervescent, enthusiastic and a great team player. Jeremy Andrews: Rolls-Royce litigator, smooth and unruffled, no matter how tough the fight. James Carter: confident and no-nonsense, at ease in litigation or arbitration.’

        ‘Top notch institution-side banking team, with great depth of experience amongst the partners and senior associates. Their Leeds office is as good as any City practice in complex mis-selling and similar disputes, and much more cost efficient.’

        ‘Jeremy Andrews is an exceptional professional, with great qualities. He has been outstanding in handling crisis situations and resourceful and creative in finding alternative ways forward. He is always within reach, and responds promptly and effectively.’

        ‘An absolute star firm with strength across many practice areas including experience acting for the Respondent/Defendant party is Group Litigation / Multi-Party Actions.’

        ‘Both Jeremy Sher and Jamie Curle are particular stand outs – strategic and tactical nous, razor sharp and intellectually brilliant. Their honesty and loyalty are highly valued. The firm’s case load and client base is at the very top of the market.

        ‘The team is very well organised, with excellent industry knowledge. It is well placed to handle large complex matters, in particular matters involving substantial disclosure.’

        Key clients

        Christo Wiese (majority shareholder of the Steinhoff Group)

        Clydesdale Bank PLC

        Atlas Mara Limited and African Banking Corporation Zambia Limited

        Deutsche Bank AG

        Work highlights

        • Representing Christo Wiese, South Africa’s wealthiest individual and majority shareholder of the Steinhoff Group, in several high-profile multijurisdictional cases relating to the major 2017 accounting and fraud scandal of the listed Steinhoff Group.
        • Acting for Clydesdale Bank PLC t/a Virgin Money against repeat claims being pursued by 889 Trading Ltd and its managing director, David Taylor, in connection with the circumstances in which the Bank decided to sell 889’s mortgaged property following the default of its loan repayments.
        • Acting on behalf of Atlas Mara Limited and African Banking Corporation Zambia Limited in defending highly complex post-M&A litigation arising out of the 2016 acquisition of Finance Bank Zambia plc.

        Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 3

        DLA Piper maintains a stellar reputation across mandates including  energy and resources and construction disputes and product liability cases. Class action defence is a mainstay of the practice, as is fraud work. Many of the standout practitioners in the group, including Jamie Curle, James Carter and legal director Charles Allin, are experts in cross-border disputes; Carter is noted particularly for his focus on Africa, while many of Allin’s recent highlights have a connection to the Middle East. ESG issues are a cornerstone of seasoned litigator Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry‘s practice.

        Practice head(s):

        Jamie Curle

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Jamie Curle is hugely experienced; brilliant combination of abilities; natural grip of the strategic and the big-picture; ability to hold onto the detail at the same time; gets the best out of his teams; a joy to work with; and clients seem to love him. Exceptional.’

        ‘Broad-based expertise, calling on strength over a variety of sectors. Good value options, and will offer real diligence.’

        ‘James Carter: no-nonsense and sensible litigator.’

        ‘Excellent knowledge of the industry; think creatively; and produce a very high-quality work product.’

        ‘James Carter: fantastic. Clear, commercial, pragmatic and thinks creatively.’

        ‘Great lawyers experienced in litigation, massive resources and the ability to meet and exceed client expectations whilst dealing with matters efficiently (even when the client is difficult)!’

        ‘The individuals I have worked with are good lawyers and good tacticians which allows them to give their clients not just good legal advice but also good strategic advice. Particularly notable individuals I have worked with  are: Jeremy Sher, Charles Allin and James Carter.’

        ‘Charles Allin – completely excellent. He was running cases superbly even before he was made up. He is a man to watch!’

        Key clients

        Renova Industries Limited et. Al.

        Uber

        The Football Association Premier League Limited

        Atlas Mara

        Eco World – Ballymore Embassy Gardens Company Limited

        Work highlights

        • Representing Renova Industries in proceedings brought in the British Virgin Islands for declaratory relief in respect of the alleged exercise of a joint venture exit mechanism.
        • Representing Uber in class action litigation disputes with over 75,000 drivers, including in relation to group litigation orders, and a settlement scheme concerning holiday pay compensation.
        • Acting for the Premier League in obtaining summary judgment for approximately $213m against PPLive Sports International, the Premier Legaue’s former broadcasting partner for Mainland China and Macau.

        Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 3

        DLA Piper‘s ‘strong‘ group handles multi-specialist, multi-jurisdiction, large-scale international commercial arbitrations that frequently arise in emerging markets. London and Madrid-based of counsel Ben Sanderson is global practice manager of the international arbitration group; Europe international arbitration head Philip Chong is an energy and infrastructure project disputes expert; Jeremy Andrews specialises in complex international arbitration; senior counsel Kate Cervantes-Knox acts in both international commercial and investor-state arbitrations; James Carter has Africa-related expertise; and Christina Lawrence acts in energy, infrastructure and mining disputes. Legal director Jue Jun Lu and senior associates Serena CookeMaria Scott and Chloe Mears, are also active team members.

        Practice head(s):

        Philip Chong

        Testimonials

        ‘DLA’s international arbitration team comprises a perfect combination of gifted and experienced litigators.

        ‘DLA Piper’s strong London-based arbitration practice can draw on resources in numerous other jurisdictions in support of multi-jurisdictional arbitration proceedings.’

        Exceptionally well led by Philip Chong – the overall package is an extremely effective and cohesive team that excels in big-ticket international arbitral disputes.’

        ‘Philip Chong – an extremely experienced and strategically savvy lead partner, and with a cool head. He invariably makes the right strategic decisions.

        ‘Philip Chong manages his team in a highly effective and efficient manner. The lawyers in his team are without exception very able and highly motivated to achieving good results.

        ‘James Carter is exceptional. He is very intelligent and has good command of all aspects of law. Especially experienced in jurisdictions where the law is not so clear, and his advice is practical and pragmatic. He is highly credible and reliable.

        Serena Cooke is an exceptionally gifted senior associate, with excellent legal skills and a true litigator’s instinct for strategy and presentation.

        Senior associate Maria Scott is a leader in the making.

        Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 3

        DLA Piper‘s broad London PIL practice specialises not only in investor-state disputes, but also in advising states and companies on PIL issues. The group additionally assists with maritime boundary disputes, immunity issues and Treaty negotiations. The Brexit team is led by Paul HardyKate Cervantes-Knox is an investor state arbitration expert; and John Forrest specialises in export controls, sanctions and international trade law. Also highly regarded are senior consultant Scott Horton, who is experienced in advising governments; London and Madrid-based of counsel Ben Sanderson, who ‘sees the big picture‘; and experienced legal director Elinor Thomas.

        Practice head(s):

        Paul Hardy

        Testimonials

        The team of practitioners is diverse and dynamic. With this diversity, they build confidence while dealing with legal, commercial and cultural issues. They also collaborate well with hundreds of their lawyers across the world.’

        ‘DLA has many strengths, but we would note that the firm has been particularly professional and transparent about billing.’

        ‘Given the international reach of our work, we have greatly benefited from its global network of partner firms; the firm has the capacity to put boots on the ground in many countries, and we have benefited from strong local legal advice in various locations.

        ‘Very strong strategic guidance, with excellent PIL expertise across different areas (investor-state arbitration, international organisations and treaty law).’

        ‘Kate Cervantes-Knox and of counsel Ben Sanderson are first-rate PIL practitioners.’

        ‘Availability and responsiveness. The team (including partners) are generally available to answer queries. Specific mention goes to Ben Sanderson.’

        ‘Ben Sanderson is a sensible, well-organised and persuasive advocate.’

        ‘Ben Sanderson sees the big picture, is pragmatic in his advice, and systematic in driving contentious matters to the best possible conclusions. Extremely sharp and experienced, he displays a very strong capacity to analyse complex matters quickly.’

        Key clients

        Republic of Kenya

        Republic of Guinea

        Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

        United Kingdom – Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Department for International Trade

        Government of Ghana

        Hungary

        Thailand

        Turkcell

        Lithuania

        INTERPOL

        Work highlights

        • Acting for Nasib Hasanov, an Azerbaijani individual who owns the Neqsol group of companies, in an ICSID claim against Georgia over alleged state interference in a local telecoms company.
        • Acted for INTERPOL in a high- profile PIL arbitration victory.
        • Representing Lithuania in an UNCITRAL investment arbitration concerning the renationalisation of Snoras Bank.

        Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 3

        DLA Piper helps clients to manage complex civil and criminal fraud investigations while also providing contentious tax expertise. The practice has been significantly strengthened in recent months by a series of hires from Pinsent Masons LLP, including international tax controversy head Jason Collins and senior associate Lauren Redhead in 2021, followed by legal director Clara Boyd and Stuart Walsh in 2022, further boosting the team’s expertise in relation to contentious VAT and excise duty matters. Richard Woolich covers indirect tax issues such as excise duty, carbon pricing and landfill tax in addition to transfer pricing matters.

        Practice head(s):

        Jason Collins

        Testimonials

        ‘Very experienced in relation to commercial tax issues and litigating against HMRC.’

        ‘Jason Collins is fantastic. The team has huge all round tax knowledge.’

        ‘Jason Collins is a really top tax professional who has bags of knowledge and experience.’

        ‘Jason Collins brings huge tax dispute resolution experience to bear in dealing with the most challenging problems both domestic and international. Clients appreciate his calm and sound judgement.’

        Key clients

        Mid Ulster District Council

        JVM Equipment Limited

        Westland Horticulture Limited

        Work highlights

        • Acted for Mid Ulster District Council in its successful appeal for refunds of wrongly paid VAT on leisure and recreational services before the First-tier Tribunal.
        • Represented JVM Equipment Limited in connection with a Transfer Pricing and Diverted Profits Tax dispute.
        • Acted for Westland Horticulture in a Tribunal appeal and Judicial Review proceedings regarding the VAT treatment of grass seed and HMRC’s published guidance.

        Employment > Employers Tier 3

        Tim Marshall is the main contact at DLA Piper’s employment practice, where he primarily advises on boardroom disputes and restrictive covenants, and has built up a reputation representing clients in the financial sector, owing to his membership of the firms’ financial services group. Elsewhere, Jonathan Exten-Wright has built up a niche advising cross-border mandates at the intersection of business, employment and human rights, which includes use of contingent labour, issues of trade union action and NGO campaigns. He is also increasingly instructed on transparency and reporting requirements in the area of non-financial risk, and the social aspects of ESG frameworks.

        Practice head(s):

        Tim Marshall

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Very responsive, commercial and pragmatic.’

        Key clients

        The UK Ministry of Defence

        National Grid Gas Plc

        Skanska UK Plc

        GT Gettaxi (UK) Ltd

        Work highlights

        • Advising Ministry of Defence in detail on all aspects of procurement, contract drafting, competitive dialogue, negotiation, ministerial advice, and consultation with all relevant stakeholders in regards to their Armed Forces Recruiting Programme (AFRP).
        • Advised the National Grid team on the total revamp and re-letting of their outsource contract, to receive contingent labour to support the UK’s grid infrastructure.
        • Appointed by GT Gettaxi (UK) Ltd to defend an Employment Tribunal claim brought by a former driver user of the Gett platform.

        Finance > Debt capital markets Tier 3

        The capital markets group at DLA Piper in London works closely with the firm’s corporate, restructuring and projects practices to handle DCM transactions across the UK, Europe, APAC and North America. It acts for both issuers and investment banks in debt securities offerings, among which are eurobonds, commercial paper and MTN programmes, social and green investment bonds and Masala bonds. UK head of capital markets and structured investments Tony Lopez and global co-chair of financial services Mark Dwyer are the lead practitioners. Dwyer assisted Neqsol Holding and VF Ukraine with a consent solicitation for $500m in notes. Lopez acted for London-listed aircraft leasing company Avation PLC in negotiations to secure a maturity extension for its $350m in senior notes. Joywin Mathew frequently assists international banks, funds and corporates with complex, multi-jurisdictional finance transactions, including equity-linked debt offerings and private placements. Ronan Mellon is recommended for project bonds.

        Practice head(s):

        Tony Lopez; Mark Dwyer

        Other key lawyers:

        Key clients

        Alsea S.A.B. de C.V.

        Luxfer Holdings PLC

        Avation PLC

        Neqsol Holdings

        VF Ukraine

        AIG Holdings Europe Limited

        KOIS

        Grupo Antolin Irausa S.A.

        Work highlights

        • Advising VF Ukraine on a consent solicitation exercise to the holders of its outstanding $500,000,000 notes issued by VFU Funding PLC to obtain additional flexibility to make restricted payments subject to a leverage test.
        • Advised Avation PLC (LSE: AVAP) (Avation), the London-listed commercial passenger aircraft leasing company, on its discussions with noteholders, their lawyers and financial advisers to achieve a successful maturity extension on its USD350 million 6.5% senior notes by more than five years from May 2021 to October 2026.
        • Acted as English and U.S. counsel to Luxfer Holdings PLC (NYSE: LXFR) in connection with the amendment and restatement of two series of existing USPP notes and entry into a new USD50 million Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement.

        Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 3

        DLA Piper not only handles a large volume of derivatives work for banks, but is also adept in complex structured finance matters, among them equity collar financings and loan-linked hedging. Global co-chair of financial services Mark Dwyer and finance, projects and restructuring partner Martin Bartlam lead the practice, which provides ‘solid legal advice at reasonable costs‘. Steven Krivinskas and associate Patrick Lightbownprovide  consistently high-quality work and are very responsive and commercial‘. Newly promoted partner Marcus Lovatt is a key adviser on interest and currency rate swaps, deliverable and non-deliverable forwards, credit derivatives in the context of credit linked notes, and total return swaps.

        Practice head(s):

        Mark Dwyer; Martin Bartlam

        Testimonials

        ‘Solid legal advice at reasonable costs.’

        ‘Steven Krivinskas and Patrick Lightbown provide us consistently with high quality work. Both of them are very responsive and commercial. It is a pleasure to work with them.’

        Key clients

        Accunia Fondsmæglerselskab A/S

        Ares Management Limited

        NatWest Markets

        Morgan Stanley & Co. International PLC

        Aspect Capital Limited

        Aareal Bank AG

        The Co-operative Bank P.L.C.

        Azrieli Group Ltd

        PingAn Insurance Company Ltd

        VEON Holdings B.V.

        Work highlights

        • Advising Ares Management Limited as the collateral manager and Ares European Loan Funding II Limited as originator on the issue by Ares European CLO XV DAC of €480,000,000 of floating rate notes.
        • Advising NatWest Markets as swap counterparty, in providing a GBP vanilla interest rate swap to Elvet Mortgages 2021-1 plc as part of a c. £365 million public UK RMBS transaction for Atom Bank rated by DBRS and Fitch.
        • Acting for Aareal Bank on a significant number of loan linked hedges and strategic mandates including assisting with the transition of its hedging arrangements from GBP and CHF LIBOR to SONIA and SARON based rates.

        Finance > Securitisation Tier 3

        DLA Piper is known for ‘quality of service, availability and a commercial mindset‘ and its ‘capacity to identify relevant and important areas to focus on, and drive the client’s attention towards it‘. Finance partner Martin Bartlam and global co-chair of financial services Mark Dwyer oversee the firm’s securitisation practice, in which Vincent Keaveny is the standout practitioner. Keaveny acted for Deutsche Bank in a €250m securitisation of receivables arising from a portfolio of Portuguese auto loans. Steven Krivinskas acts for both financial institutions and borrowers, many of which are active in the fintech sector. Working with Bartlam, he assisted BC Invest, Metrics and PAG with a £255m warehouse facility with Credit Suisse to fund UK buy-to-let mortgages to non-resident overseas investors. Legal director Marcus Lovatt frequently advises European investment banks, UK and US private investment firms and major UK and US corporates on structured finance. Ronan Mellon is the key partner for CLOs.

        Practice head(s):

        Martin Bartlam; Mark Dwyer

        Testimonials

        ‘Quality of service, availability , commercial mindset.’

        ‘Capacity to identify relevant and important areas to focus on, and drive the client’s attention towards it.’

        ‘Friendly, customer centric and hardworking team.’

        ‘All relevant docs were thoroughly reviewed, highlighting potential challenges.’

        ‘Billing was smooth and up to the point/standard.’

        ‘Partners – Courteous, friendly, thinking along with customer – Available when needed (24/7 basically) – Expert in the domain – Sound judgement – Collaborative spirit.’

        ‘Associates – Super helpful – Collaborative spirit – excellent communication – Great team work.’

        Key clients

        Waterfall Asset Management, LLC

        Santander Consumer Bank GmbH

        More 2 Life Limited

        BC Invest

        TIP Trailer

        Accunia Fondsmæglerselskab A/S

        Ares Management Limited

        Ares European Loan Funding II Limited

        Europejski Fundusz Leasingowy S.A

        Mount Street Mortgage Servicing Limited

        Deutsche Bank

        Work highlights

        • Advising TIP Trailer, as originator, on the establishment of an asset-backed STS-compliant securitisation platform for operating lease receivables arising from trailer and related equipment leases across 9 jurisdictions in Europe.
        • Advising Santander Consumer Bank GmbH (as originator) and Banco Santander, S.A. (as arranger) on its securitisation of a revolving pool of unsecured consumer loans advanced to debtors in Austria.
        • Advising Waterfall Asset Management, as sponsor and subordinated loan noteholder, on a GBP 1,000,000,000 forward flow transaction for the funding and purchase of UK first charge residential mortgages originated by Generation Home.

        Insurance > Product liability: defendant Tier 3

        DLA Piper‘s London regulatory team works closely with the firm’s teams in other countries, giving them a global reach and allowing them to take on major cross-jurisdictional matters from around the world. A number of big arrivals this year has dramaticall increased the team’s offering. Most notably, Nick Rock has come from Reed Smith LLP, bringing with him a specialism in international health and safety, product regulatory, chemicals, ESG and climate change law. He co-heads the team with Teresa Hitchcock, who provides advice to EU and UK clients on regulatory compliance, labelling and product withdrawals. Senior associate Annie O’Connor is another new arrival, coming from Reed Smith LLP along with Nick Rock.

        Practice head(s):

        Teresa Hitchcock; Nick Rock

        Other key lawyers:

        Alastair Fairclough; Taryn Jones; Annie O’Connor

        Testimonials

        ‘I heavily rely on DLA and its product liability group to guide me on UK and EU environmental health and safety, product and chemicals regulations, and climate change laws. The team assembled by Nick Rock provides client service over-and-above what I have experienced from other teams. Further, the reach of DLA means I can always find someone in a locale that has specific knowledge of difficult subjects.’

        ‘Nick is one of the most thoughtful partners I have the pleasure of working with and he is very giving of his time. I rank him as one of the top environmental and product regulatory attorneys I have worked with in my 11 years of practice.’

        ‘Annie O’Connor is a very impressive senior associate who excels in communication and she is someone I directly rely on for guidance. Nick seems to give Annie room to flourish – something that is often rare at large firms – and I much appreciate this since it means Annie can and will respond to inquiries even when Nick is not available.’

        ‘Analytically sound, excellent communicators, pragmatic approach to lawyering.’

        ‘Teresa Hitchcock and Taryn Jones are excellent at distilling complex issues and proposing alternative approaches that are legally sound and commercially pragmatic.’

        Key clients

        Tokyo Electron Limited

        Arconic Inc.

        Verkada

        GKN

        Work highlights

        • Instructed to act for the cladding manufacturer AAP SAS in the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry.
        • Advising the client on PFAS restrictions in relation to its products.
        • Advising the client on product compliance obligations to bring a new product to the market.

        Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds Tier 3

        DLA Piper‘s team is led by James O’Donnell, and works across its international offices with a range of notable clients on a variety of investment funds, including real estate, private equity funds, venture capital and structured products. The team advises on all aspects of often ultra-high-value, cross-jurisdictional funds, including structuring and establishment; contentious and non-contentious fund restructuring; advice to potential investors; and advice about structured products. Partner and real estate funds specialist formerly of Allen & Overy LLPJonathan Powling, has won new European real estate mandates, as well as continuing to expand the firm’s client base Sam Whittaker is a key name to watch in the team. Notably, former international head of investment funds Andrew Wylie left the firm in June 2021.

        Practice head(s):

        James O’Donnell

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘The team is strong, particularly in the US and Luxembourg, and has grown with some good hires in London over the last 18 months. They have broad experience and are able to deliver high-quality advice with strength on the regulatory side too.’

        ‘Jonny Powling and Sam Whittaker in London stand out as having strong credentials. Given their strength in Luxembourg and US, and their growing presence in the UK, they provide a full offering which helps in particular on getting funds over the line, whilst seeing ahead of the pack on regulatory matters.’

        Key clients

        Harrison Street Real Estate

        Harbert Management Corporation

        LaSalle Investment Management

        Longfellow Real Estate Partners

        PGIM Real Estate

        RTP Global

        Waypoint Asset Management

        BRG Asset Management

        Work highlights

        • Advised Harrison Street Real Estate on the launch and successful closing of Harrison Street Real European Property Partners III, the third pan-European real estate fund to be sponsored by HSRE, which raised over €800 million.

        Real estate > Environment Tier 3

        DLA Piper‘s environmental group works across several areas of environmental law including UK, EU and international environmental advisory work, as well as acting in the defence of environmental prosecutions. The team is led by Teresa Hitchcock, who has expertise in contaminated land, nuisance disputes and regeneration projects, and Nick Rock, who recently joined the firm, having previously been the global head of the Environment, Health and Safety practice at Reed Smith LLP. Rock is highly praised by clients as a ‘market-leading partner’ with ‘outstanding leadership qualities’. Annie O’Connor also joined from Reed Smith LLP, and Olivia Cook joined from Norton Rose Fulbright. The team stands out for its expertise working with contaminated land, compliance issues, environmental approvals and assessments, and waste management and disposal.

        Practice head(s):

        Teresa Hitchcock; Nick Rock

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Nick Rock’s hire from Reed Smith was a strong one.’

        ‘Nick Rock is a market-leading partner, who holds the confidence of business stakeholders as much as instructing counsel. Strong bench depth built up in a short period of time, since his arrival at the Firm. Nick’s transparent approach to fees is much appreciated, meaning his team is often very competitively priced despite its strength and expertise.’

        ‘A strong team which, as well as being technically on top of their game, seems to enjoy working together – a palpable team spirit.’

        ‘Nick Rock has outstanding leadership qualities. Alert to detail and technically totally on top of his game, he is a plaesure to deal with.’

         

        Key clients

        Canon

        Neste Oil

        Tarmac

        HP Inc

        Koppers Inc

        Drax Power Limited

        Morgan Stanley

        Glencore

        Apple

        10 Braskem Nederlands B

        Work highlights

        • Advising on compliance with all aspects of the proposed new EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive.
        • Advising on a matter relating to the remediation of contamination involving one of the largest plumes of contamination to affect an aquifer used for public supply in the UK.
        • Providing extensive advice on all aspects of compliance with the EU’s regime relating to corporate reporting of non-financial (environmental, sustainability; human rights etc.) matters.

        Real estate > Property finance Tier 3

        DLA Piper‘s ‘broad and experienced‘ real estate finance team is well-known for acting on complex and cross-border transactions, especially regarding sport stadium finance. Toby Barker heads up the practice with expertise in leveraged finance and cross-border mandates, and he is increasingly active regarding green loan financings. Paul Gray has a strong focus on structured real estate finance on a pan-European level, with a specialism in the sports sector. Christopher Chan is also a notable name, advising borrowers and lenders on investment and development financing matters on a wide range of asset classes, including  hotels and leisure, commercial, retail, residential and student accommodation. David Trott joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in May 2021 to lead the firm’s international finance, projects and restructuring group, and Lewis Gaut was promoted to the partnership in May 2022.

        Practice head(s):

        Testimonials

        ‘The DLA Property Finance Team’s commercial approach to issues based on their knowledge, skill and finesse make them among the best of real estate finance legal teams. The DLA team simplifies the process, focusses effort, does not waste time and gets the job done.’

        ‘Not only are DLA excellent lawyers, but they positively influence their clients’ businesses. The DLA team is always able to bring in their local experts to come in to help when appropriate. The DLA team is very business savvy and drives clients’ businesses forward by solving legal issues.’

        ‘Hands-on partner support from A to Z, coupled with outstanding communication and negotiation skills.’

        ‘An optimum balance of technical legal advice and commercial acumen. A broad and experienced team who are extremely responsive and diligent. On numerous occasions they have developed innovative solutions to complex issues on real estate finance transactions.’

        ‘Toby Barker is a stand-out partner, and stand-out associates include Natalie Thorne and Joey Pak.’

        ‘David Trott is the ultimate professional. His practical and commercial application from his knowledge of the law and his vast deal experience make him an asset to any transaction. He has a relaxed confidence and demeanour that allows him to face any situation or individual with grace and ease.’

        ‘Toby Barker is very professional, down to earth, and friendly. He has a lot of finance experience, his availability is very good and the overall working atmosphere is very positive and constructive.’

        ‘Lewis Gaut has good attention to detail, is second to none in the market, and always goes the extra mile to make his client’s life easier.’

        Work highlights

        • Acted for Fortress Investment Group LLC in connection with the acquisition of shares and management rights in a number fund vehicles and owned by Colony Capital.
        • Advising Harrison Street in relation to an acquisition and development financing made available by a fund to a JV with CA Ventures to assist with the acquisition and development of a 623 bed purpose-built student accommodation scheme in Cork, Ireland.
        • Acting for Oxford Properties as sponsor on the acquisition financing of a portfolio of logistics and warehousing properties in Denmark.

        Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

        DLA Piper regularly advises on high-value and complex contentious matters; its team recently oversaw a £310m claim pertaining to the acquisition of a commercial building in Canary Wharf before the High Court. The practice is led by Ian Brierley. His clients includes those based in the UK, US and within Europe. James MacDonald-Pearce is another notable individual; he has over 15 years’ experience of commercial property litigation. He is well equipped to handle matters concerning break options, covenant construction and development constraints. Acknowledgement is also given to Caroline Yuen for her expertise in nuisance and service charges claims.

        Practice head(s):

        Ian Brierley

        Testimonials

        ‘Hands-on, tactically astute and able team.’

        ‘Ian Brierley is the godfather of property litigation.’

        ‘Excellent firm with good all round experience.’

        ‘Ian Brierley – excellent experience and legal knowledge.’

        ‘James MacDonald-Pearce – a real thinker. Extremely bright.’

        ‘Great team. Works well together.’

        ‘Ian Brierley is experienced and has a broad range of knowledge.’

        Caroline Yuen is excellent – well organised and on top of endless deadlines.’

        Key clients

        Formal Holdings Limited

        Yianis Group

        UK Pension Fund

        Far East Consortium

        European Medicines Agency

        Ocean Outdoor

        WeWork

        Work highlights

        • Acted for several defendants in a cross-jurisdiction, complex claim in the London Commercial Court for alleged fraudulent receipt of circa £100m.
        • Acted for Yianis Group in a case concerning No. 1 West India Quay, a 36-storey tower in Docklands.
        • Acted for several defendants in High Court claim relating to the acquisition of a large commercial building in Canary Wharf with a GDV of £310m.

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

        DLA Piper handles UK and international media rights work on behalf of rights holders and broadcasters, with notable clients including the Premier League. The practice is also recommended for its work on commercial partnership rights and brand ambassador arrangements. Practice head Nick Fitzpatrick offers considerable experience in dealing with major sporting events, exploitation of media rights, sponsorship, sports administration, copyright, gambling and advertising issues. John Wilks focuses his attention on IP issues within sport. Senior associate Samuel Churney is another key name to note. Former partner John Cloke  joined CMS in September 2022.

        Practice head(s):

        Nick Fitzpatrick

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘A reliable and expert team, knowledgeable on all sport aspects from financing to regulation.’

        ‘Ruth Hoy is an excellent team leader and always keeps her client’s needs at the forefront.’

        ‘A leader in the field of sports law.’

        Key clients

        European League

        The Football Association Premier League

        Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

        Football DataCo Limited

        ITV

        National Basketball Association (“NBA”)

        Work highlights

        • Acted for the Premier League on a wide range of transactions and issues in 2021/2, including successfully obtaining summary judgment for circa USD213 million against PPLive Sports International Ltd; the sale of audio-visual rights in the UK and international markets; its sponsorship programme; exploitation of an anthem; COVID-19 compliance at clubs; ticketing and ground regulations at stadiums; and IP enforcement work.

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

        DLA Piper, a major player in the global M&A market, is a go-to for acquisitions, private equity deals, mergers, venture capital affairs, joint ventures and restructurings, both domestic and international. Practice head Simon Rae directs particular emphasis towards the energy, food and beverage, real estate and technology fields; he is supported by Andrew Wardrop, a legal director with a capacity for infrastructure-related deals, as well as senior associate Callum Swanson whose key strengths include general corporate and commercial matters, start-up affairs and competition law.

        Practice head(s):

        Simon Rae

        Other key lawyers:

        Key clients

        Aquila Capital

        Energy Ventures

        Energy Growth Investors

        First Reserve

        Infrared Capital Partners

        Investec Investments UK

        JP Morgan Asset Management International

        Lloyds Banking Group

        NatWest (formerly Royal Bank of Scotland)

        Proprium Capital

        Scottish Equity Partners

        SCP Group

        Secure Trust Bank

        Vespa Capital

        BrewDog PLC

        Danaher Corporation

        Element Materials Technology Group

        Evotec SE

        Fortive Corporation

        Heineken UK

        James Jones & Sons

        Menzies Aviation

        Link Mobility

        Lumi Global

        Marsh & McLennan

        Mavenir

        Moneycorp

        Moody’s Corporation

        Motive Offshore Group

        Pharmaq AS

        Raeburn Brick

        Reata Pharmaceuticals

        Sawafi Al Jazeera Oilfield Products and Services Company

        Simply UK

        Syneos Health Inc

        TGS Nopec

        Vontier Corporation

        Westwood Global Energy

        WeWork Companies Inc

        Wm Grant & Sons

        Work highlights

        • Acted for BrewDog PLC in its nternational joint venture with Asahi Brewery, one of the largest breweries in Japan.      
        • Acted for TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA in its acquisition of 4C Offshore, a leading market intelligence and consultancy firm, providing research and insights into the offshore wind industry.
        • Supported Moody’s Corporation in its investment into flood risk modeller Fathom.

        Finance > Banking and finance Tier 3

        The practice at DLA Piper is headed by Allan Leal, a September 2021 arrival from Burness Paul; he arrives with a track record in real estate, acquisition and general leveraged finance along with asset based lending and securitisation capabilities. The team is also home to William Reid, a ‘very highly rated’ senior associate with an up-and-coming reputation in corporate lending.

        Practice head(s):

        Allan Leal

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Allan Leal led a transaction in a highly professional manner, guiding us through and demonstrating himself as a standout against the other legal firms in the process.’

        ‘We really enjoy working with the DLA Team as they are super responsive and always provide a very high level of service and care. We have worked with the team consistently over the last 10 years or so and we really enjoy working with them. Our deal sizes are relatively small but can be complex and it is important that we have a law firm who we trust to deliver the right advice which is protective of the Bank’s position but also sufficiently commercial and focused on practical solutions to reach a successful completion.’

        ‘We value the Team’s expertise and attention to detail always combined with a reliably friendly and helpful manner.’

        Key clients

        Lloyds Banking Group

        ICICI Bank

        ABN AMRO

        Santander

        HSBC

        Vespa Capital

        MAS REI

        Harrison Street

        Tosca Debt Capital Fund

        Equitix

        The Welsh Ministers

        Work highlights

        • Solely represented Arrow Global on a 2021 Scotland flagship deal, funding the buyer on the acquisition of Scotland’s largest office premises – 310 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow.
        • Acting for German state bank, Bayerische Landesbank, on the £62m green loan refinancing of Scotland’s Harburnhead windfarm – an operational onshore windfarm consisting of 22 Enercon turbines in West Lothian, Scotland.
        • Representing the Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company with £450m green loan construction financing for the development of a luxury hotel in London (previously the US Embassy premises).

        TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 3

        Helmed by the widely regarded John McKinlay, DLA Piper works with a multitude of well-known domestic and multinational companies on a sweep of commercial IP, branding and contract issues. Senior associate Catriona Melton is a specialist in tech and commercial contract matters, and offers in-house experience of offshore energy and financial services firms. Senior associate Linzi Penman‘s recent highlights include outsourcing and tech-sector transactions, while Jamie O’Neill primarily handles IP and outsourcing agreements for some of the firm’s major entertainment clients. All named lawyers are based in Edinburgh.

        Practice head(s):

        John McKinlay

        Other key lawyers:

        Catriona Melton; Linzi Penman; Jamie O’Neill

        Testimonials

        ‘Strong team, with fantastic attention to detail. Great service.’

        ‘Linzi Penman takes time to understand needs of the client.’

        Key clients

        Pfizer

        ExCel London

        Heineken UK

        Hyve Group plc

        Innovation Group

        Merlin Entertainments

        BrewDog

        B/E Aerospace

        Jamella Limited

        Scottish Water

        Work highlights

        • Advised Merlin Entertainments on various promotion, marketing and branding contracts, and IP issues.
        • Advised Pfizer throughout 2021 on negotiations with the UK Government and European Commission for (i) the Covid-19 Vaccine and (ii) Pfizer’s anti-viral Paxlovid.
        • Advised Scottish Water on the appointment of McKinsey and E&Y as strategic consultants.

        TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment Tier 3

        DLA Piper regularly assists a diverse array of clients with significant commercial and advisory matters, ranging from sponsorship and online marketing issues to supply services agreements. John McKinlay is a key advisor to some of Europe’s largest leisure businesses and venue operators, handling the full gamut of media rights, content licensing, and associated IP issues. Alistair Drummond, chair of the Scottish litigation and regulatory practice, represents clients in claims and arbitrations, most recently in relation to Covid-induced lease terminations. Senior associate Catriona Melton is recommended for her capabilities in entertainment industry matters. All named lawyers are based in Edinburgh.

        Practice head(s):

        John McKinlay

        Other key lawyers:

        Alastair Drummond; Catriona Melton

        Key clients

        Merlin Entertainments

        Lothian Amusements Limited

        Odeon Cinemas

        The Football Association of the Premier League

        Admiral Taverns

        Ambassador Theatre Group

        Intercontinental Hotels Group plc

        Leonardo Hotels

        Work highlights

        • Advising Merlin Entertainments, on promotion, marketing and branding contracts, and IP issues.
        • Advising London International Exhibition Centre plc on their creation of a bespoke Audio-Visual Services Agreement with Anna Valley Limited, for light, sound and special effects for events at the London ExCel centre.

        Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 3

        Leveraging its strong national network of offices, DLA Piper routinely works with a multitude of high-profile investors, developers, and blue-chip corporate occupiers on big-ticket property transactions and development projects. Monique Sutherland possesses expertise in development and infrastructure matters encompasses brownfield site acquisitions and disposals, promotion agreements, and contractual joint ventures, working with clients across a diverse range of sectors. Katie Jacobson is well-versed in large-scale investment and development transactions, advising known institutional investors, pension funds, and corporate occupiers on the full scope of commercial real estate matters. Senior associate Rachel Williams is noted for her focus on real estate financing work, acting for some of the nation’s leading investment banks. Sophie Murtough is also recommended.

        Practice head(s):

        Monique Sutherland

        Testimonials

        ‘The team are very friendly and approachable, and are quick to react – they have got to know our business well and are great to work with.’

        ‘The breadth of DLA Piper’s practice means that they can easily bring subject matter experts to the team.’

        ‘Monique Sutherland is a stand-out property lawyer. She is technically excellent and is able to deal with complex and innovative projects.’

         

         

        Key clients

        HS2 Limited

        Dignity Funerals Limited

        National Grid PLC

        Aggregate Industries UK Limited (UK subsidiary of Lafarge Holcim Limited)

        UPS Limited

        Oval Real Estate

        Prologis

        Land Restoration Trust

        LaSalle Investment Management

        John Laing Limited

        Forensic Archive Limited

        Harris Strategic Land

        Far East Consortium

        Manex Properties Limited

        Cushman & Wakefield PLC

        Harrison Street Real Estate Capital

        Willis Towers Watson

        Work highlights

        • Advised John Laing on its £200m joint venture with Macquarie Capital and the acquisition of 250 retirement homes across the country.
        • Working with Far East Consortium on the acquisition of a development site with value of circa £250m at Canary Wharf, assembling over 18 land interests.
        • Advising Oval Real Estate on the creation of a new platform to acquire a number of regional office buildings in the UK.

        Real estate > Construction Tier 3

        DLA Piper‘s construction practice acts for a roster of blue-chip corporate clients and public sector bodies on major regenerations and development projects. National construction head Stephen Malley is regularly sought out by a diverse lineup of developers, chiefly in the residential, leisure, and logistics sectors, for assistance in high-value project delivery. Legal director Victoria Ball is particularly noted for her capabilities in residential development, education and commercial development schemes. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

        Practice head(s):

        Stephen Malley

        Other key lawyers:

        Key clients

        Far East Consortium

        UPS Limited

        Edyn Group (Brookfield)/Convento de Santa Joana Investimentos Imobilarios Unipessoal

        Summix Capital

        Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

        Hadley Property Group

        This is Gravity

        Eelam Properties (Precis Holdings)

        MBU Capital

        Seven Capital

        Ecoworld / Ballymore JV

        Shure

        Maslow Capital

        Regal London

        Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

        USF Nominees Limited

        Work highlights

        • Advising Far East Consortium on a £470m multi-phase, mixed-use development in Canary Wharf.
        • Advising Eelam Properties on a £1bn proposed redevelopment of their Kings Cross site, Belgrove House.
        • Advising Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council on a new £75m, 1200 seater events complex.

        Real estate > Environment Tier 3

        A stellar roster of blue-chip MNCs and public sector bodies turn to DLA Piper for assistance in the full scope of regulatory and legislative matters. Climate change expert Teresa Hitchcock, who divides her time between Sheffield and Birmingham, focuses on contaminated land, nuisance disputes, and regeneration projects.  Senior associate Taryn Jones concentrates on a range of product stewardship matters, assisting a diverse roster of clients who are governed both by UK and EU market standards. Associate Adam Flynn is also noted. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham unless stated otherwise.

        Practice head(s):

        Teresa Hitchcock

        Other key lawyers:

        Key clients

        Tokyo Electron Europe Ltd

        Miller Group Homes Ltd

        Philip Morris SA

        Adler & Allen

        Work highlights

        • Advised Tokyo Electron Europe Ltd on the EU Green Deal, and in particular the use of chemicals, and the impact this may have on its business going forward.
        • Advised Miller Group Homes Limited on the sale of its housebuilding business to an investment house.
        • Advised Philip Morris SA on the acquisition of Vectura, a UK based asthma inhaler manufacturer.

        Real estate > Planning Tier 3

        Counting High Speed Two (HS2) Limited, National Highways and Merlin Entertainments among its key roster of clients, DLA Piper includes national infrastructure matters, particularly in the transport sector, as well as energy projects, urban developments and regeneration mandates, in its workload. Senior associate Claire Stoneman remains a key contact in the team. Based in the firm’s North West office, Sophie Stewart joined from Brabners LLP in January 2022 and supports the Leeds-based practice.

        Practice head(s):

        Sophie Stewart

        Other key lawyers:

        Key clients

        High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

        National Highways

        East West Railway Company Limited

        Merlin Entertainments

        National Grid

        Aggregate Industries

        Elan Homes

        Manchester Airports Group

        Oval Real Estate

        Sytner Limited

        4th Industrial (UK) Limited Partnership

        St James’s Place UK Plc

        Ark Data Centres Limited

        Work highlights

        • Advising on the planning strategy and defending proceedings in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in relation to the Merlin Entertainments’ development of Legoland, Windsor.
        • Advising HS2 on an ongoing basis, a range of matters, including the first appeal and judicial review under Schedule 17 to the HS2 Act, references to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) in relation to compensation and the extent of the powers granted by the Act to enable construction of the scheme.
        • Engaged on the road improvement strategy for National Highways and successfully promoted one development consent order for A1 Birtley to Coal House, as well as completing a second development consent order for A1 Morpeth to Ellingham and are engaged in active pre-application discussions on a third for the A5036 Port of Liverpool Access Scheme.

        Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 4

        DLA Piper advises on the spectrum of tax issues, including transactions, corporate reorganisations and transfer pricing. Department head Ben Brown has expertise in corporate transactions, finance work, and M&A matters with international elements. Richard Woolich handles funds, joint ventures, and real estate transactions. Matthew Davies, who made partner in 2021, advises on insurance and corporate reorganisations.

        Practice head(s):

        Ben Brown

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘DLA Piper is not just a global legal firm; it is THE global legal firm.’

        ‘Richard Woolich, Head of UK Tax is unparalleled in my experience. He is wonderful; an attentive and extremely knowledgeable professional with a brilliant client focus. Richard won’t let you down; he always makes himself available and no question is too challenging or too mundane.’

        ‘Richard Woolich – vastly commercially experienced and a really brilliant technician.’

        Key clients

        Miller Homes

        Standard Life

        Euclid Transactional

        Waypoint Investment Management

        Work highlights

        • Advised the management team of the Miller Homes group in connection with the sale of the group to funds managed by Apollo.
        • Advised Standard Life on the tax implications of the £1.7 billion full scheme buy-in for 7,600 members of the Gallaher Defined Benefit pension scheme.

        Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 4

        Advising on the competition aspects of large volumes of international M&A transactions, DLA Piper is engaged by an extensive roster of corporate clients. Sarah Smith leads the team and also represents clients in the Competition Appeals Tribunal. She is supported by Alexandra Kamerling, Sam Szlezinger and Matt Evans, who joined in August 2021 from Jones Day.

        Practice head(s):

        Sarah Smith

        Testimonials

        ‘The team has good coverage across jurisdictions, making them well-equipped to handle multi-jurisdictional competition matters.’

        ‘Matt Evans and Sarah Smith manage a great team – friendly, with a sense of humour but always professional’

        ‘Always responsive, supportive and professional.’

        ‘Quick to resolve issues and provide the right level of advice targeted to the audience receiving the advice’

        Work highlights

        • Acted for MKS on the acquisition of Atotech from the Carlyle Group for $5.1 billion.
        • Acted for Korean Air Lines Co Ltd on its KRW 1.5 trillion acquisition of Asiana Airlines Inc, which is expected to create one of the world’s 10 biggest airlines and is and one of the first cases being filed to both the European Commission and the UK Competition and Markets Authority in parallel.
        • Represented Philip Morris International during its acquisitions of Vectura Group plc, Fertin Pharma and OtiTopic, which are worth approximately USD 2 billion combined

        Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 4

        Regularly tapping into experts across its vast international network, as well as able to apply a multi-disciplinary approach by dint of the firm’s full-service offering, DLA Piper provides a holistic service to investees and investors on both domestic and multi-jurisdictional venture capital mandates. Praised for his ability to ‘drive convergence and compromise…that provide workable solutions’, Luca Gori is an effective adviser to conventional funds, corporate venturers and start-ups, including on deals within the fintech and insurtech sector. Gori co-heads the team alongside Jon Kenworthy.

        Practice head(s):

        Jon Kenworthy; Luca Gori

        Other key lawyers:

        Alexander Kolmakov; Dylan Kennett; Tim Harding; Irvin Shirvani

        Testimonials

        The team is able to see the bigger picture, and drive convergence and compromise with drafting proposals that provide workable solutions for all parties, while ensuring that as a client both our core objectives are met, and that any redlines are not given away.’

        The team that assisted us was very proactive and flexible in providing us with the best solutions in respect to our needs even when unexpected issues arose.’

        Luca Gori has taken the time to understand our fund, the strategic objectives of the transactions we are undertaking and he consistently delivers these for us in the conversations we have with third parties.’

        ‘Luca Gori is easy to work with, and always makes the time to provide direct support where needed.’

        Luca Gori and Dylan Kennett’s technical knowledge was unquestionably top drawer.’

        Key clients

        Cellulant

        Citibank Ventures

        Eldridge Industries

        EQT Ventures

        Fabric Ventures

        Hyundai Motor Company

        InfraVia Growth Fund

        John Textor

        Land Technologies

        Marubeni

        Pfizer Ventures

        Phytome Life Sciences

        Seatfrog

        Simfoni

        T. Rowe Price Associates

        Updata Partners

        Work highlights

        • Advised Updata Partners on its $20m investment into Shufti Pro Limited, an early stage technology company providing identity verification services.
        • Advising Marubeni Ventures on a £4m Series A3 investment in esports team manager Sannpa Ltd.
        • Advised Land Technologies Limited on its c.£42m Series A fundraising round from Updata Partners (as lead investor) and other minority investors.

        Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 4

        DLA Piper‘s Sheffield-based licensing team offers licensing services covering alcohol, gambling, and entertainment to a range of clients including educational institutions, county councils, hotel groups, and casinos nationwide. The practice has extensive experience with contentious license applications, due diligence, and assisting clients which are seeking to alter their operation by dissolving a company that holds a premises licence. Teresa Hitchcock heads up the practice, and is supported by Alastair Clough and associate Charlotte Gibson.

        Practice head(s):

        Teresa Hitchcock

        Testimonials

        ‘Cooperative, attentive, articulate, understanding, knowledgeable, clear.’

        ‘DLA Piper have been great to work with. They have fully taken the time to understand our business and approach legal matters with full care and attention. I highly recommend DLA Piper.’

        ‘I have worked with Charlotte Gibson at DLA Piper for almost a 12-month period. Charlotte’s expertise, advice and assistance to our organisation has been incredible. I cannot thank Charlotte enough for the support provided to our organisation.’

        ‘My experience has been very good and they make sure the team are aware of developments in case the main contact isn’t available.’

        ‘My main contact is Charlotte Gibson and I’ve always found her to be very personable and reassuring. She has a knack for taking the emotion out of a situation and sticking to the facts as presented.’

        Key clients

        The A&S Leisure Group Limited

        Empire Cinemas Limited

        University of Sheffield

        Sheffield Students’ Union

        Work highlights

        • Instructed to take care of a cinema operator’s day to day licensing portfolio and operations, including applying for Premises Licences when new sites are acquired, varying existing licences, advising on personal licences, and provide due diligence advice and advise on licence conditions.

        Dispute resolution > Competition litigation Tier 4

        Led by the ‘fantasticSarah Smith, DLA Piper is sought out by a number of high-profile clients for its capabilities in a range of competition disputes. Sam Szlezinger regularly acts for media, sport, pharmaceuticals and energy sector players before the European Commission and the CMA, while Alexandra Kamerling‘s recent engagements include merger control work and cartel and market investigations. Matt Evans, Jones Day‘s former UK competition head, joined the team in August 2021.

        Practice head(s):

        Sarah Smith

        Testimonials

        ‘I found the DLA Piper team to be very collaborative. They were always part of the solution, never part of the problem.’

        ‘Sarah Smith is a fantastic partner. She is go-getting and commercial, whilst also never taking herself too seriously. I really enjoy working with her.’

        ‘Sarah Smith is technically excellent and committed to her clients.’

        ‘Strong team with depth at partner and associate level. Strong capabilities in UK merger control.’

        ‘Sarah Smith is a strong lead partner with an excellent knowledge of the UK system.’

        Key clients

        Merck

        Lupin

        Heineken

        Premier League

        Generali

        Flybe

        Football Dataco

        Bacardi

        Discovery Communications

        Formula 1

        Work highlights

        • Advised Merck KGaA on its appeal of the CMA’s paroxetine decision and the European Commission’s citalopram decision (where, in combination, fines totalling approximately €200m were imposed on the allegedly infringing parties).
        • Acting for Flybe Limited, commencing litigation in the General Court of the European Union.
        • Acting for Football DataCo in its long-running dispute with Sportradar in relation to the conditions under which live league match data can be collected from Premier League, EFL and Scottish Football League matches.

        Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 4

        DLA Piper has established a particularly strong borrower finance offering, work which includes advising investment grade/listed corporates, assisting them across their capital structure on all of their financing and corporate treasury needs. Global co-chair of financial services, Mark Dwyer is pivotal to work in this area across a range of industry sectors, including the telecoms sector; he also has niche expertise advising on certain funds facilities pursuant to UK public takeovers of listed companies. He co-leads the team with Toby Barker and Matt Christmas. On the lender front, the firm has handled numerous LIBOR remediation projects for banks across their loan portfolios, as well as considerable volume of ESG-related work. Mei Mei Wong is also recommended.

        Practice head(s):

        Mark Dwyer; Toby Barker; Matt Christmas

        Other key lawyers:

        Neil Campbell; Richard Normington; Mei Mei Wong

        Key clients

        Apollo Global Management

        Work highlights

        • Advised Apollo Global Management Inc. in relation to the refinancing of its loan to Gannett with a new credit facility arranged by Apollo and Citi.
        • Advising on the Co-operative Bank on its LIBOR remediation programme including amendments to 66 bilateral facility agreements (involving 61 different borrower connections), 14 syndicated facility agreements where the bank acts as agent and almost 40 related swap and cap arrangements.

        Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 4

        Led by Tim Dawson, and able to ‘bring in additional resource and expertise as and when required’, DLA Piper‘s ‘strong team approach’ ensures that clients, which include IPs, banks and funds, receive a ‘pragmatic and responsive’ service across the gamut of formal insolvencies and restructurings, often with a multi-jurisdictional dimension. David Ampaw and David Manson are also key members of the team and spearhead the firm’s special situations offering, which continues to pick up a significant amount of transactional work for funds across a range of distressed, new credit and stressed situations.

        Practice head(s):

        Tim Dawson

        Other key lawyers:

        Chris Parker; David Ampaw; Neil Riley; David Manson; Jonathan Richards; Peter Manley; Pippa Hill; Sarah Archer; Rowan Aspinwal

        Testimonials

        Strong team approach both in working with you as the client and among their team, bringing in additional resource and expertise as and when required.’

        Consistently high quality partners and associates across the team with strong technical knowledge, but with a pragmatic approach and always responsive.’

        Peter Manley – highly experienced, with strong technical knowledge delivered with a pragmatic and commercial approach. Very responsive and a pleasure to work with.’

        Key clients

        Alvarez & Marsal

        Kyma Capital

        Deloitte

        EY

        FTI Consulting

        GLAS

        Hilco Capital

        HSBC

        KPMG

        PwC

        Work highlights

        • Advising Richard Fleming, Mark Firmin, and Ben Cairns of Alvarez & Marsal as joint administrators for NMC Health Plc,  the largest private healthcare company in the UAE.
        • Acted as independent counsel to the boards of directors of the three UK Deep Ocean entities that utilised the third ever Restructuring Plan in the UK. This mandate also involved acting for certain directors in the wider group, including the Dutch Parent company, Deep Ocean Group Holding BV.
        • Supported Fortress with its acquisition from Colony (now DigitalBridge) and Colony Credit Real Estate (now BrightSpire Capital) of their other equity and debt assets in multiple investments across Europe and the US held through its various fund structures.

        Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 4

        Led by Alan Cunningham from London and also aided by a strong presence in Manchester (as well as globally), DLA Piper‘s ‘outstanding’ three-partner team provides ‘commercial and cost-effective’ advice to lessors, financiers and operators across the spectrum of asset classes. The team has, however, gained most traction in the aerospace sector, with regard not only to the leasing and financing of commercial aircraft but also corporate jets and helicopters. The ‘incredibly responsive and pragmatic’ Richard Skipper has been central to the firm’s success in the space, and handles financing work for numerous airlines including low-cost operators Flybe and Flyr.

        Practice head(s):

        Alan Cunningham

        Other key lawyers:

        Richard Skipper; Rebecca Williams; Claire Manley; Anna Powers

        Testimonials

        Their ability to come up with innovative contract language and sell it forward to the opponent is exceptional.’

        The outstanding practice is commercial and always acts in an efficient and cost-effective manner.’

        ‘Richard Skipper and Anna Powers are incredibly responsive, reliable and pragmatic. They are a safe pair of hands, and very much considered trusted counsel, and our go to for any of our asset finance matters.’

        ‘The team have built an outstanding asset finance practice.’

        Key clients

        Investec Bank

        Flyr AS

        Flybe Limited

        CHC Helicopters

        Work highlights

        • Advised Investec, as junior lender, on the refinancing of a 13 aircraft and spare parts portfolio for CityJet as part of the Cityjet examiner’s restructuring plan.
        • Assisting the new Flybe business with lessor RFP negotiations for the launch fleet, and advising the client on all lease and financing arrangements with NAC and Aergo and the delivery of the new aircraft for the new 2022 commencement of the business.
        • Advising Flyr on the leasing of 8 brand new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with options for 4 further aircraft from ALC.

        Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 4

        The life sciences practice at DLA Piper is active in corporate, commercial and financing transactions, acting for a high-profile client roster including Pfizer, Unilever and Takeda. The team also recently launched its cannabis and psychedelic medicines practice, led by senior associate Dylan Kennett. Richard Taylor leads the wider department from Birmingham and advises on IP, technology and commercial law.

        Practice head(s):

        Richard Taylor

        Other key lawyers:

        Key clients

        Pfizer Inc

        Unilever PLC

        Takeda

        Department of Health and Social Care

        Joint Administrators of NMC Health PLC

        Clinigen Plc

        Velindre NHS Trust

        Avicanna

        Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development and Commercialization Inc

        Medica Group plc

        Advanced Medical Solutions Group plc

        Phytome Life Sciences Limited

        Laerdal Medical AS

        Incyte Corporation

        Altmed Pets LLC (trading as Pet Releaf)

        Philip Morris International

        Guerbet SA

        HutchMed (China) Limited

        Anthony Nolan Trust

        NHS Digital

        Leafy Tunnel

        Aurelius Investments Limited

        Alvarez & Marsal

        Sciontec Developments Limited

        LCR Ventures Limited

        Work highlights

        • Advising Philip Morris International on the acquisition Fertin Pharma A/S, a leading developer and manufacturer of pharmaceutical and well-being products based on oral and intra-oral delivery systems.
        • Advising Guerbet on the drafting and negotiating of its contracts with its competitor Bracco for joint exploitation of Gadipiclenol, a ground-breaking and novel contrast agent used in diagnostic imaging.
        • Advising global biopharmaceutical company HUTCHMED on its Hong Kong public offering.

        Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 4

        DLA Piper operates across the breadth of transactional, commercial and regulatory insurance space. Key areas of focus include regulatory issues, warranty and indemnity insurance, pensions de-risking, insurtech and sanctions. Leon Taylor fronts the practice and is supported by Amrit Mclean, who leads on pensions de-risking matters. Anthony Day and legal director Jonathan Clarke are also recommened, with the latter noted for handling insurance sector transactions, including bancassurance and warranty and indemnity deals. Former practice head Melanie James and fellow partner Tim Baumgartner departed for Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP in 2022.

        Practice head(s):

        Leon Taylor

        Other key lawyers:

        Amrit Mclean; Anthony Day; Laura Marcelli; George Mortimer

        Testimonials

        ‘Jonathan Clarke stands out as motivated to help DLA clients and make sure they obtain the service and advice they require.’

        ‘The DLA team actively collaborate across territories and practices to provide a timely and professional outcome for us as a client. This has been largely driven and co-ordinated by Jonathan Clarke who takes a personal interest in excellent delivery.’

        Key clients

        Abrdn

        Aegon

        Aetna

        AIG

        AON

        Arag

        Arch

        Athora

        Aviva Plc & Aviva Ventures

        AXA

        Brit Global Speciality

        Brockwell Capital

        Carrick Speciality Holdings

        Compre

        Crawford & Company

        DARAG

        Euclid

        Everest Re

        FM Global

        Fosun

        Generali

        Hannover Re

        Liberty Specialty Markets

        Liverpool Victoria (LV)

        Marsh & McLennan Company Inc

        MS Amlin

        Munich Re (HSB/Munich Re)

        Nexus Underwriting

        Optio

        Pension Insurance Corporation

        Phoenix Group

        Rothesay Life Plc

        Royal London

        Standard Life

        Starstone

        Scottish Friendly

        Scottish Widows

        Society of Lloyds

        The Trustees of Royal Insurance Group Pension Scheme

        Themis

        Tokio Marine HCC

        Work highlights

        • Advised Pension Insurance Corporation plc, a specialist insurer of defined benefit pension funds, on its £2.2 billion pension insurance buy-in with the trustee of the Metal Box Pension Scheme, guaranteeing the benefits of the Scheme’s 10,300 pensioners and 2,200 non-pensioner members.
        • Advising Euclid Transactional Brockwell, Themis Underwriting, ICEN Risk, Hamilton, Liberty, ARCH, Everest RE, Nexus and Optio on a large number of number of W&I transactions in the past calendar year.
        • Advised Aviva on its GBP 900m bulk purchase annuity transaction in July 2021, with the Kingfisher Pension Scheme.

        Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals Tier 4

        DLA Piper has a strong focus on real estate and disputes work as it pertains to the mining sector and it acts for a range of large domestic and international clients, including large mining companies and governments. James Carter co-heads the team alongside Petra Billing, who is recommended for minerals law, litigation and dispute resolution. Mark Keeling is a name for real estate-related mining matters; Roger Collier retired.

        Practice head(s):

        Petra Billing; James Carter

        Other key lawyers:

        Sarah Thomas; Mark Keeling

        Testimonials

        ‘DLA made me feel that my engagement was important to them, even though it was small in comparison to other clients’.

        ‘The partner was personally involved in raising invoices and contacted me before they were issued – their no surprises culture was refreshing’.

        ‘I have trusted the advice provided; been guided in technical detail where necessary; but always felt in control of decisions that need to be made with sufficient time to reach that point’.

        ‘Knowledgeable but down to earth’.

        ‘Very much a practical commercial legal authority in all matters’.

        ‘Realistic plain English approach’.

        ‘Like to get the job done approach but in an enjoyable manner with humour’.

        ‘Very strong litigation team with significant experience in the mining and minerals sector’.

        Key clients

        Aggregate Industries (UK) Limited/ Lafarge Holcim

        Tarmac/CRH PLC

        CNL Minerals Limited

        Ibstock PLC

        Sibelco UK

        Douglas Concrete Limited

        Tata Steel UK Limited

        Syrah Resources

        Government of Kenya

        The Coal Authority

        Republic of Guinea

        Cemex UK Operations Limited

        Work highlights

        • Handled all day-to-day property, minerals litigation and H & S and regulatory advice for Aggregate Industries UK Limited across its UK portfolio of properties.
        • Advised a landowner on a High Court Claim in the Chancery Division of the Business and Property Courts of England & Wales originally listed for a 6-day trial in 2022 where the client claimed significant damages for a mineral operator’s failure to satisfy its planning, restoration and aftercare liabilities under a historic minerals lease and related planning obligations. Settled by agreement following mediation in June of 2021 for a significant but undisclosed sum.
        • Engaged by the Connex Support Unit to assist the Ministry of Mines & Petroleum (MoMP) of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in relation to the conduct of two pilot tender processes in relation to the award of gold and copper mining concessions in Afghanistan, and to prepare the guidelines required for the tender process (including Large Scale Mining Guidelines and Management Guidelines), the tender documents for the concessions and model tender documents for use in respect of procurement competitions for 12 other mining concessions.

        Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 4

        In April 2022, Emma Dowden-Teale took over leadership of the team from former head Paul Stone, who retired; under her guidance, the ‘high-powered‘ group maintains its reputation for contentious and advisory public law matters, particularly those involving regulatory aspects. The firm is particularly lauded for its strong base of ‘senior associates who have driven forward the team‘ – Jonathan Blunden and George McLellan are two names to note in this capacity.

        Practice head(s):

        Emma Dowden-Teale

        Testimonials

        ‘The public law team is genuinely excellent. A team of senior associates who have driven forward the team. They’ve done an excellent job, and have real strength and depth.’

        ‘Jonathan Blunden is excellent with public sector clients. George McLellan is also a very hard-working and thoughtful figure, really impressive to work with.’

        ‘The team is very high-powered. Its members have a strong instinct for the needs of clients and think commercially. Interpersonally, they are delightful.’

        ‘George McLellan: Hot on the law, highly responsive, and a sound tactician.’

        ‘DLA have a team who are highly experienced in government, healthcare, inquiries and related fields. Many of their team have first hand experience in government – and they therefore have a unique understanding of client needs.’

        ‘Jonathan Blunden stands out as a star individual. He dealt with many of the major Covid-19 judicial reviews for government. He is exceptional – highly intellectual whilst also very good at client care.’

        ‘DLA’s ability to mobilise multiple teams with different expertise to promptly turn around our requests for advice was hugely appreciated. This was instrumental to the timely delivery of our work programme.’

        ‘George McLellan – enthusiastic and excellent lawyer.’

        Key clients

        The UK Health Security Agency

        Department of Health and Social Care

        Kellogg Company

        Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

        NHS Digital

        Public Law Project

        Velindre NHS Trust

        The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

        Electronic Collar Manufacturer Association and Petsafe Limited

        Usforthem

        Work highlights

        • Handling a number of contentious and non-contentious public and administrative law matters relating to the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic on behalf of the UK Health Security Agency.
        • Defending the Department of Health and Social Care against litigation brought by the Good Law Project in relation to the award of several contracts to Abingdon Health for the production of a Covid-19 antibody lateral flow testing device.
        • Representing the Kellogg Company in its judicial review challenge to the UK Government’s “high in fat, sugar and salt” policy.

        Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 4

        DLA Piper works with an international corporate and financial services client base across the full range of criminal and regulatory matters, with notable strength in financial crime work, including regulatory and internal investigations, compliance advice, and support throughout criminal proceedings. The firm has novel areas of expertise in cyber crime, including criminal data breaches and cyber risk advice, reflected in the work of legal director David Cook. The practice is overseen by experience corporate crime advisers Tony Katz, who co-ordinates cross-border investigations, particularly in the financial services space, and Sam Millar, who has a strong focus on litigation in financial crime cases. Laura Ford  is also a key member of the team.

        Practice head(s):

        Tony Katz; Sam Millar

        Other key lawyers:

        Patrick Rappo; David Cook; Lizzy Bullock; Jeremy Sher; Laura Ford

        Testimonials

        ‘Subject matter knowledge and expertise was par excellence.’

        ‘Good team of collegiate workers.’

        ‘Patrick Rappo is the stand out partner. Very practical, clear and firm advice, and a joy to work with.’

        ‘The key strength of this DLA team is the partners. I have worked often with Jeremy Sher and Tony Katz and regard them as exceptionally good. That sets the tone for the team as the work product from associates who have trained and worked with, in particular, Jeremy (as the more junior partner) reflects his work ethic and ability.’

        ‘The partners, Jeremy Sher and Tony Katz, are both amongst the very best I have worked with: tactically astute, very clever, see straight through to the heart of the investigation or dispute and show great judgment.’

        ‘Highly responsive, take the time to truly understand how best to present the advice pragmatically and in a way that is easily digestible for non lawyers.’

        ‘Strong in anti-money laundering regulatory advice.

        ‘Both Tony Katz and Lizzy Bullock are exceptional. As we work across jurisdictions, we will often need advice not just from the UK team but also other jurisdictions so that it’s presented in a joined up way. They will refine the instructions to enable the advice to be obtained seamlessly as a one-stop shop and so that there’s consistency on approach. Utterly responsive, we agree the budgets up front, they are familiar with our billing requirements making it usually easier to manage from an administration point of view.’

        Key clients

        Thomas Kalaris

        Arconic Architectural Products SAS

        National Westminster Bank Plc (NatWest)

        Sunrise Brokers LLP / Canto Fitzgerald Group

        Work highlights

        • Successfully defended Thomas Kalaris in the Serious Fraud Office’s prosecution relating to allegedly fraudulent capital raisings at Barclays Bank at the height of the 2008 financial crisis.
        • Acting for Arconic Architectural Products SAS on a large number of claims arising from the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017.
        • Advised NatWest on its convictions for three offences of failing to comply with money laundering regulations. The conviction was the first time the FCA has pursued criminal charges for money laundering failings and the bank were fined £265m.
        • Represented Sunrise in an FCA investigation.
        • Represented UK Finance, in relation to its responses to the FCA’s consultation on a new Consumer Duty.

        TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Franchising Tier 4

        With leading expertise in the leisure and hospitality sector, DLA Piper provides strategic franchising advisory services to large multinational businesses. Global co-chair of the hospitality and leisure practice Matthew Duncombe leads the team, regularly assisting national and international companies on a range of commercial issues. Senior associates David Booth and Sophie Conroy have experience handling complex supply, distribution and manufacturing agreements for franchising clients.

        Practice head(s):

        Matt Duncombe

        Other key lawyers:

        Key clients

        Trinity Hospitality (a DFI / BCP Capital JV)

        Marriott International

        Yum! Group

        Sytner

        Merlin Entertainments

        Dyson

        Halyard

        Continental

        Odgers Berndtson

        Ikea

        Work highlights

        • Advising on the creation of a joint venture between Gap and Next in the UK, coupled with a franchise granted by Gap.
        • Reviewing Dyson direct to market strategies, ranging from direct owned stores, to shop-in-shop, to franchised stores.
        • Advising Bourne Leisure on multiple franchises across multiple sites operated under the Butlins brand.

        Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 4

        DLA Piper has a track record advising on large cross-border disputes for major corporates, financial institutions and public bodies across commercial disputes, contract litigation and IP matters. Overseen by Alistair Drummond, the team handles arbitrations, enforcement proceedings and has enhanced its offering with the hire of Stuart Murdoch from Burness Paull LLP, who advises on financial services disputes. The team remains active in the real estate and manufacturing sector for which senior associate Patrick Fulton is recommended.

        Practice head(s):

        Alistair Drummond

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Alistair Drummond is a very experienced litigator who is well liked by clients. He heads an experienced team.’

        ‘Patrick Fulton is an excellent litigator. He is experienced, thorough, well prepared and mindful of clients’ commercial aims. He is a pleasure to work with.’

        Key clients

        Scottish Friendly Assurance

        MorphPackers Limited

        Lothian Amusements Limited

        Heineken UK Ltd

        Maven Capital UK Partners LLP

        Peak Scientific Instruments Limited

        The Football Association of the Premier League

        Airbus Helicopters S.A.S.

        Work highlights

        • Successfully defended leading UK investment property owner, Coal Pension Properties Limited, on a commercial dispute raised at the Court of Session relating to payments due by the former tenant of commercial properties, following a breach of the repairing obligations in the lease.
        • Successfully defending the owners and landlords of Scotland’s largest shopping centre development – East Kilbride Shopping Centre – against a prominent retail sector anchor tenant in relation to the enforcement of a keep open obligation, following attempts made by them to close the store despite lease commitment until 2071.
        • Representing Scotland-based client, Maven Capital Partners UK LLP, on a commercial litigation matter raised in the Court of Session relating to breach of directors’ duties and malfeasance.

        Real estate > Planning Tier 4

        DLA Piper provides public and private sector clients with combined planning and real estate advice on housing, mixed-use and infrastructure projects, while transactional matters constitute another key element. Its transactional expertise has recently been called upon by asset managers, investment funds and commercial entities. Following former team head Sandy Telfer's move to Gillespie Macandrew LLP in May 2022, legal director Michael Greig, who stands out for his in-house planning authority experience, is now the main contact.

        Practice head(s):

        Key clients

        INEOS Upstream Ltd

        Perth & Kinross Council

        Hallam Land Management Ltd

        New Waverley Advisers Ltd

        Natwest Group plc

        Places for People

        Henry Boot Developments

        Dawnfresh Farming Ltd

        Highways England

        Hansteen Land Ltd

        Flamingo Land Ltd

        Energiekontor UK Ltd

        Greencoat Energy

        Moorbrook Textiles Ltd

        Amber Rei Holding Ltd

        Pat Munro (Alness) Ltd

        Campus Living Villages Ltd

        Leonardo Hotels

        UAB Ignitis Grupe

        Work highlights

        • Advised S Developments Limited t/a Alba Developments on its £210m 800-unit development at Edmonstone Estate, Edinburgh.
        • Assisted Perth & Kinross Council with the negotiation, drafting and execution of a section 75 agreement to deliver the community and other public infrastructure needed to support the initial delivery of 1500 new homes and a 25 hectare eco-innovation business park and an 18 hectare heritage park.
        • Planning and real estate advice to John Gilmour Butchers regarding the acquisition of the former greyhound stadium at Wallyford for the site of its new £8m administrative headquarters and wholesale food processing plant.

        Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

        Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+) Tier 5

        With ‘great pan-European coverage’ and ‘deep subject matter knowledge and experience’, DLA Piper specialises in advising management teams on private equity transactions and continues to handle a steady stream of deals. The team’s work encompasses acquisitions, investments and exits, including IPOs, and it frequently handles cross-border deals. Tim Wright leads the firm’s European private equity team, with Ed Griffiths also highly active in this space.

        Practice head(s):

        Tim Wright

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘A strong team who leverage each other’s strengths well. Always available and interacted very well with the bankers on the transaction.’

        ‘Fantastic ability to grasp difficult technical matters and to see the wood from the trees. Excellent pragmatic advice’

        ‘Deepa Parmar is one of the best corporate transaction lawyers I’ve worked with over the course of my 25 year legal career. She is an associate who works at partner level when it comes to client engagement, understanding market norms, and finding solutions to roadblocks. Deepa is incredibly hard working and lovely to interact with, she is indispensable.

        ‘Ed Griffiths is incredibly well versed in UK and global corporate transactions. I would not hesitate to recommend him for any type of corporate work. He’s hardworking, kind, knowledgeable and intelligent. I always know I can count on Ed to give me the right advice and options in any corporate scenario.’

        ‘Tim Wright is great, as is his entire team. Tim is thoughtful, highly analytical and highly expereinced in PE transactions. He is a very, very strong negotiator. Battle hardened. You’d always want Tim on your side of any PE deal.’

        ‘The DLA Piper team displayed deep subject matter knowledge and experience, and their advice was timely and considered. They were happy to coordinate the support of the other commercial and tax advisors, in order to deliver a joined up solution for us. Their input into what was a particularly complex matter was absolutely invaluable.’

        ‘We worked with partners Tim Wright and Philip Allenby. Both were accessible, informed, enthusiastic, and consistently able to explain very complex concepts to the management team. Philip managed most of the implementation process, working very closely with the management team and other advisors, and frequently took on a leadership role in negotiations. His expertise was apparent from the beginning, and it was very pleasing to see him make partner – very well deserved.’

        ‘Great pan-European coverage. Great experience of deals in this value range. One of the top management advisory teams in Europe.’

        Key clients

        Element Materials Technology

        SUSE Software Solutions Germany GmbH

        Ekaterra

        Global Risk Partners

        J.F. Hillebrand Group AG

        Medivet

        Miller Homes

        Wireless Logic Limited

        Aston Lark (Hammersmith Topco)

        Valeo Foods

        XSYS (a division of Flint Group)

        Global Shares

        Avant S.A

        McKesson Corporation

        Aqua Sapone

        Axelos

        Kantar Group

        Compre

        PwC

        Blackstone

        Work highlights

        • Advised the management team of Element Materials Technology on the buyout by Temasek from Bridgepoint for USD 6.8 billion.
        • Advised the management team of SUSE in relation to the listing of SUSE on the German Stock Exchange for EUR 6 billion.
        • Advised the management team on the purchase of Ekaterra, Unilever’s tea business, by CVC for EUR 4.5 billion.

        Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 5

        DLA Piper represents a worldwide client base in financial crime investigations brought by UK and international authorities, combining representation throughout contentious proceedings with advice on internal policies and compliance. The firm advises on pre-charge issues, interviews under caution, and also represents clients in court against bodies such as the FCA, with a strong record of success. The practice is overseen by Tony Katz, a key name for cross-border internal investigations in a wide range of industries, and Sam Millar, who leads the firm’s European white collar offering, working with financial institutions and corporate clients.

        Practice head(s):

        Tony Katz; Sam Millar

        Testimonials

        ‘The subject matter expertise and knowledge of the conduct of SFO investigations.’

        ‘Knowledge of processes and actions to implement to counter extreme media intrusion.’

        ‘The knowledge and detailed advice of the potential courses of action that will follow any decisions taken.’

        ‘They have impressed me and are extremely conscientious, patient and keen to put their client’s interest (mine) first.’

        ‘They do not speak just to be heard and intervene or communicate when appropriate.’

        ‘Sam Millar, in particular, is well-connected within the industry.’

        Key clients

        Thomas Kalaris

        Work highlights

        • Defended Mr Thomas Kalaris in the Serious Fraud Office’s (“SFO”) prosecution relating to allegedly fraudulent capital raisings at Barclays Bank at the height of the 2008 financial crisis.

        Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 5

        Although the firm’s lender side capability was impacted on the credit fund front, by the October 2021 departure of Andy Kolacki to Mayer Brown International LLP, DLA Piper maintains a strong borrower side offering for corporates as well as some private equity firms. As well as his work for corporates on their general financing needs, Mark Dwyer is also regularly instructed on their acquisition finance requirements and has considerable experience in financing UK public takeovers of listed companies. Toby Barker heads up the London leveraged finance offering and has a focus on real estate-related mandates in the space.

        Practice head(s):

        Toby Barker

        Other key lawyers:

        Mark Dwyer; Matt Christmas; Neil Campbell; Richard Normington; Mei Mei Wong; Mariel Luna

        Key clients

        Aviva Investors

        Biffa Plc

        Discovery Communications

        Hayfin Capital Management

        Heineken UK

        HICL Infrastructure Plc

        InfraRed Capital Partners Limited

        Keller Group Plc

        LivaNova Plc

        Mothercare Plc

        Neqsol Holdings Limited

        Preem AB

        Together Financial Services

        VEON Holdings BV

        Workspace Group plc

        Work highlights

        • Advising on the financing aspects of DiaSorin’s $1.8bn acquisition of Luminex Corporation.
        • Acting for Preqin on the $180m unitranche financing provided by Barings and Arcmont Asset Management to support the acquisition of Colmore, a leading private markets technology, services, and administration business.
        • Advised HICL Infrastructure plc, the UK’s largest infrastructure investment company, in relation to the amendment and restatement of its existing fund finance arrangements up to £400m backed by investor capital with a syndicate of lenders.

        TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 5

        The patents practice at DLA Piper advises a number of high-profile clients, particularly in the fields of 5G technology and the internet of things, regarding licensing issues and litigation. The team includes practice head Ruth Hoy, patent disputes expert Deborah Bould, and Rebecca Lawrence who was previously at Powell Gilbert LLP and joined following a break from private practice, bolstering the team’s contentious capabilities.

        Practice head(s):

        Ruth Hoy

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘A great firm with offices throughout the UK.’

        ‘Deborah Bould continues to innovate in international patent litigation – taking on battles that others would avoid.’

        ‘DLA’s IP and Patent team are amazingly dynamic, forward-thinking and effective.’

        ‘Deborah Bould is a dynamic, hard-working and insightful leader of litigation teams, particularly in electronics and litigation involving multiple patents. She is very experienced running complex multi-jurisdictional patent litigation.’

        ‘Rebecca Lawrence is a very experienced and exceptional patent litigator. She is always on top of the procedural strategy required for the case and advancing the client’s strategic goals.’

        Transport > Shipping Tier 5

        Praised for ‘demonstrating strong commitment and responsibility to clients’, DLA Piper excels at representing clients in various types of marine disputes, ranging from contentious ship finance matters to insurance claims and ship arrests. Linos Choo leads the practice and specialises in shipbuilding and ship finance disputes, where he regularly represents banks and ship owners in litigation and arbitration proceedings.

        Practice head(s):

        Linos Choo

        Testimonials

        ‘DLA Piper UK LLP is a client-oriented firm demonstrating strong commitment and responsibility to their clients.’

        ‘The team is very qualified and always provides a solution for the issue raised.’

        ‘It is worth noting the depth and breadth of expertise of DLA Piper UK in the sphere of shipping law and English contract law.’

        ‘Linos Choo is a highly competent shipping law expert.’

        Dispute resolution > Professional discipline

        Crime, fraud and licensing > Gaming and betting

        Media law experts Nick Fitzpatrick  and Frank Valentin lead the gaming and betting practice at DLA Piper, drawing on a high level of cross-sector expertise and regulatory awareness to provide clients in the gambling space with tailored advice.

        Real estate > Planning and environment

        The arrival of Sophie Stewart from Brabners LLP in January 2022 was instrumental in giving DLA Piper a concerted planning and environment presence in Manchester; she brings her experience advising on large-scale and complex regeneration projects to the newly-formed North West offering.

        Norway > Dispute resolution Tier 3

        Spain > Dispute resolution

        DLA Piper‘s litigation and regulatory team ‘gives straightforward answers, is very responsive and fields first class professionals‘. Under the leadership of Borja de Obeso, the department acts for major companies, with an emphasis on the financial services, energy and construction sectors. In 2020, the firm launched its own third-party funding product, Aldersgate Funding Limited, which is available to its clients. Highly regarded counsel Ben Sanderson ‘possesses all the necessary qualities that an in-house lawyer needs and expects‘. Andrea Rodríguez is a name to note at the senior associate level.

        Practice head(s):

        Borja de Obeso

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Borja Obeso is an added value for the legal practice of the firm that makes DLA Piper stand out in the arbitration hearings. A sure value in arbitration lawsuits.’

        ‘DLA Piper’s Madrid office is very easy to communicate, gives straightforward answers, is very responsive and fields first class professionals.’

        ‘Ben Sanderson is easy to communicate with, very responsive, provides clear answers, thinks ahead, has deep knowledge about investment arbitration and gives a sense of confidence.’

        The reliability of the managing partner during the hearings in the case is an added value to the good work in the writing of the briefs.’

        ‘Ben Sanderson is always available; has invaluable insights into problems and invariably provides the correct answer. It is a pleasure to discuss complicated issues with him. He possesses all the necessary qualities that an in-house lawyer needs and expects. Furthermore, his excellent and comprehensive knowledge of PIL is a rare talent to find among partners in international law firms. As he has practiced law as counsel for many years, he is very skillful in advising on procedure and tactics.’

        Key clients

        Lithuania

        Interpol

        Work highlights

        • Defending new client Lithuania in a BIT claim relating to bank nationalisation.

        West Midlands > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham

        An extensive roster of blue-chip MNCs and financial institutions turn to the ‘super responsive and industrious’ DLA Piper for representation in big-ticket, multi-jurisdictional deals. Practice co-chair Charles Cook drives many of the office’s most high-profile transactions, working with market-leading companies from the worlds of consumer goods, life sciences, and automotive manufacturing. Praised for his ‘highly intelligent and commercially perceptive’ approach, Noel Haywood specialises in M&A transactions, most notably in the consumer goods, food and retail sectors. Global manufacturing co-chair Tim Lake works closely with a number of the firm’s international clients on a steady flow of big-ticket acquisitions and disposals, while equity capital markets specialist Robert Newman routinely leads multi-million pound fundraisings for various AIM and Main Market-listed entities. Legal director Jonathan Clarke, a Turkish corporate and M&A specialist, also handles multiple insurance sector transactions, whereas senior associate Simon Wright is acclaimed for his fast-moving consumer goods expertise. Ryan Harrison, who joined from Browne Jacobson LLP in November 2021, works with major retailers on cross-border, commercial contract matters. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

        Practice head(s):

        Charles Cook; Noel Haywood

        Testimonials

        ‘Super-responsive and industrious. They know the market and fight your corner. When obstacles appear (as they do), they have the strength in-depth to explore every avenue and build clever solutions fast. They were also very personable to deal with – and worked really collaboratively with the wider team of advisors, shareholders and management.’

        ‘Noel Haywood is highly intelligent and commercially perceptive. Dedicated to establishing and achieving the client’s objectives.’

        ‘Simon Wright is knowledgeable, highly responsive and very personable. Certainly one to watch.’

         

        Key clients

        CoreLogic Inc

        CommVault Systems Inc

        Jaguar Land Rover

        Mitsubishi Logisnext

        Brookfield Properties

        Work highlights

        • Advised MKSI on the acquisition of Atotech Limited EV for $6.5bn.
        • Advised Noble Foods Group on the sale of Gü Puds to Exponent Private Equity
        • Advised the shareholders of Pangaea Laboratories Limited, a global beauty business, on its investment from Inflexion Private Equity.

        Canada > Transport > Other transport

        Known for its ‘unique experience' in niche transportation law, the team at DLA Piper advises an array of high-profile clients and has particular knowledge on transit disputes and has experienced litigators overseeing these matters. Rail deregulation involving parliamentary-sanctioned remedies and tariff charges are some of the many matters the team oversees. The practice is led by Forrest Hume and John Landry; both are based in Vancouver. Hume has particular expertise in regulatory litigation, having acted as in-house counsel for Canadian National Railway Company while Landry is best known for his economic and trade related litigation expertise.

        Practice head(s):

        Testimonials

        ‘The practice is highly unique due to the amount of experience that they have in a relatively specialized area of law.’

         

        Key clients

        Procureure Générale du Québec

        Freight Management Association of Canada

        Canada Malting Co Ltd.

        Louis Dreyfus Company Canada ULC (formerly Louise Dreyfus Commodities Canada Ltd.)

        Work highlights

        • Advised Procureure Générale due Québec on rail legislation and liability relating to the tragic rail accident that ‎occurred July 6, 2013 at Lac Megantic, Quebec that resulted in the deaths of 47 individuals.‎
        • Successfully defended Louis Dreyfus Company Canada ULC  ‎jurisdictional objection in Federal Court, and CN’s subsequent appeal of that decision.‎

        North West > Transport

        DLA Piper advises on market-leading transport transactions of local, national and international significance. Its multidisciplinary team works on infrastructure and construction projects, as well as financing matters including asset finance. Head of team Liam Cowell has extensive experience in large-scale road and rail infrastructure and related financing. Paul Giles leads the UK contentious construction team, acting for both public and private sector clients, whilst Alan Cunningham heads the asset finance practice with a particular focus on aircraft, shipping and super yacht finance. Typical of its high-value work is its role advising Transport for the North (TfN) on contracting and procurement for its ‘smart travel’ plan.

        Practice head(s):

        Liam Cowell

        Other key lawyers:

        Paul Giles; Alan Cunningham; Lorna Pattison; Maria Pereira

        Testimonials

        ‘We have a long-standing relationship with DLA going back a number of years. This allows us to have positive conversations about our requirements with a supplier who is sensitive to our needs and objectives. It also means that although DLA provide specific specialisms, there is a high degree of collaboration and very positive support wherever we need it.’

        ‘We have worked with Liam Cowell for just over two years and he has been positive in finding us innovative solutions to difficult problems. His experience in the PFI sector is invaluable in this and being able to consider problems from all angles.’

        ‘Liam Cowell has been supported brilliantly  by Lorna Pattison and Maria Pereira who are both flexible and very focused on finding appropriate solutions.’

        ‘Still the best, worked with the team for many years, they provide realistic and pragmatic advice, an approachable team.’

        Key clients

        Welsh Ministers

        Transport for the North (TfN)

        Vinci Concessions, Vinci Highways, Implenia Schweiz AG

        Transport for Greater Manchester

        Highways England

        Work highlights

        • Advising Highways England on the procurement and construction documentation relating to the Lower Thames Crossing project.
        • Advising Transport for Greater Manchester on its proposed bus franchising scheme which seeks to reform the provision of bus services across Greater Manchester.
        • Advising the Welsh Ministers in relation to the transition away from the LIBOR financial benchmark to SONIA. The A465 project is the only UK PPP project that foresaw, accommodated, and set parameters around a transition to SONIA.

        Vietnam > Foreign desks

        DLA Piper has a strong track record in mandates connected with the energy and infrastructure sectors in Vietnam, and it has also been active in Vietnam’s growing tech industry, particularly in sub-sectors such as medtech and proptech. Tokyo-based partner Lance Miller, who heads up the Vietnam practice, has a wealth of experience of finance, corporate and commercial matters. He advises foreign clients on business expansion and investment in Vietnam, as well as acting for Vietnamese clients on their outbound investments. Miller counts local conglomerate VinGroup as a longstanding client. In Singapore, Joe Bauerschmidt, who is noted for his M&A and capital markets experience, acts for clients from areas such as financial services, technology, energy and real estate. Also based in Singapore is David Kuo, who focuses on PE and VC financing. Bangkok-based partner Samata Masagee is also highly recommended.

        Practice head(s):

        Testimonials

        The team always turns around quality work at speed, as well as giving us strategic advice.’

        We have been working with DLA’s partner David Kuo for many years on our private equity investments. We truly appreciate David’s dedication to work, the speedy response and his strong commercial sense.’

        Key clients

        China Construction Bank (Asia) Corporation Limited

        VMD Kórházi Technológiai Zrt.

        RedDoorz

        VinFast Trading & Production Limited

        VinGroup Joint Stock Company

        VinSmart HOYER

        Work highlights

        • Advising China Construction Bank on the financing of a 650MW power project in An Kanh province, Vietnam.
        • Advising VMD Kórházi Technológiai Zrt. on the investment and construction of Can Tho City Oncology Hospital with 500-bed capacity in Vietnam.
        • Advising the HOYER Group on the acquisition of Kerry-ITS Holdings Pte. Ltd. and its subsidiaries in Singapore, China, Vietnam and Thailand.

        Indonesia > Foreign firms

        DLA Piper has a broad client offering and handles banking and finance, capital markets, corporate/M&A, disputes, and projects mandates. Managing partner Joe Bauerschmidt has played an active role in the expansion of the firm’s corporate and capital markets practice, particularly in the technology, financial, energy and real estate sectors. Timothy Tan is a key individual to note in the banking and finance practice, and the capital markets offering is led by English and New York qualified lawyer Philip Lee. Maurice Burke joined from Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee in 2021 and heads the investigations practice for Asia.

        Testimonials

        ‘In my experience working with DLA Piper team in several global bond issuances, I noticed that the team is very helpful for both the issuer and the banks. They’re not hesitant to share insights on how some deals are typically executed from legal perspective, based on their experience doing similar deals in the past. This is essential information to equip us for negotiations with working parties and investors in global bond issuances. ’

        ‘The individuals are helpful and responsive. The communication was done very well with them. I remember they even are willing to take the time to do a session with debut issuers and banks, to educate such issuers on the documentation that are needed for global bond issuances. Shout out to Philip Lee and his team for demonstrating a high degree of professionalism.’

        Key clients

        PT MNC Investama group and PT Asia Vision Network

        Digital Edge Asia

        Surbana Jurong

        Bank Mandiri

        Indonesia Power

        China Energy Investment Corp

        ADB

        Experian Ventures

        BBVA

        DBS Bank

        Barito Pacific

        KEPCO

        Veolia

        Mandiri Securities Pte Ltd

        MUFG Securities

        PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (Persero)

        Work highlights

        • Advising PT Asia Vision Network on a $573m merger with Malacca Straits, a Nasdaq-listed SPAC.
        • Advising Barito Pacific and Indonesia Power as sponsors on all aspects of the development and financing of the $3.3bn 2x1000MV Jawa 9 & 10 coal-fired power station in Indonesia, involving Euler Hermes, KEXIM and K-Sure.
        • Representing the Asian branch of a global reinsurer in a contractual dispute with an Australian third-party marketing company.

        Singapore > Capital markets: equity and debt: foreign firms

        DLA Piper‘s team is well-integrated into the firm’s regional and international office network and is most known for its expertise in SPAC structures. The group also regularly handles high-yield bond financings, with high-profile clients in the real estate and technology sectors. It is increasingly active in providing securities regulatory advice in relation to crypto currencies. Managing partner Joe Bauerschmidt jointly leads the group alongside debt capital markets expert Philip Lee. David Kuo, who arrived from Milbank in January 2020, brings with him knowledge in both debt and equity transactions.

        Practice head(s):

        Joe Bauerschmidt; Philip Lee

        Other key lawyers:

        David Kuo; Mei Sum Chan

        Testimonials

        ‘Well balanced between technical knowledge and ability to formulate pragmatic solutions. Able to hold their own against firms further up the food chain. The team is resilient and able to manage well during crunch time in transactions.’

        ‘Philip Lee offers a great service – very responsive and able to give clear and useful advice even in high pressure situations. ’

        Transparent billing, able to explain legal terms to non-legal professionals.’

        Key clients

        PT Asia Vision Network

        Sylebra Capital

        PT Bank Mandiri (Persero)

        Hydoo International Holding

        Geophysical Sub-Strata

        Enjin

        Mandiri Securities

        Haitong

        Axis Bank

        Washington H Soul Pattison Company Limited

        Webjet

        Work highlights

        • Advised an Indonesian media conglomerate, the MNC Group in a US-SEC registered exchange offer of securities and reverse merger with a SPAC.  The SPAC business combination is scheduled to file within the next few weeks and will be the first substantial Southeast Asian SPAC transaction. The transaction is rumoured by Bloomberg to create the “Netflix of Asia” and will create a Nasdaq listed stock with market cap in excess of US$600m.
        • Advised Avation on a significant debt restructuring involving negotiations with holders of its US$350m high yield bond issues. Through our work, the client was able to achieve a bond restructuring which is critical to the company’s survival during Covid-19.
        • Advised on Sylebra Capital’s US$855m PIPE investment, in the US$1.2b business combination of RMG Acquisition Corporation II with ReNew Power (India’s leading pure-play renewable energy producer, US$8b valuation)

        Singapore > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms

        DLA Piper, a firm with an extensive international network, enjoys an excellent reputation within the TMT sector and is notably home to a number of dual-qualified lawyers, equipped to practice in the UK and New York. Practice head Joe Bauerschmidt is also active within the real estate, financial and energy sectors; his vast experience within the market is evident by the fact that he has  transacted over $20bn worth of prospective and completed M&A transactions for regional clients. The team supplements its cross-border M&A proficiency through considerable banking and finance, capital markets and projects expertise.

        Practice head(s):

        Key clients

        PT Asia Vision Network

        Sylebra Capital

        Beijing Wise Road

        Digital Edge Asia

        Surbana Jurong

        GE

        Laureate Education, Inc.

        Pine Labs

        Danaher Corporation

        FinLab EOS VC Europe I GmbH & Co. KG

        Work highlights

        • Advising an Indonesian media conglomerate, the MNC Group in a US$573m merger with Malacca Straits, a Nasdaq-listed SPAC. The transaction is rumoured by Bloomberg to create the Netflix of Asia and will create a Nasdaq listed stock with market cap in excess of US$600m. The deal was publically announce 21 March 2021 and expected to close early Q3 2021.        
        • Representing certain PIPE investors in seven SPAC investments totalling more than US$2.5b, as part of US$11.4b of SPAC transactions.
        • Providing ongoing counsel to a Singapore company formed in 2020 which will be the leading Asia-based data centre company on more than US$800m of pending and potential acquisitions in China and Indonesia and other corporate work in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, the Philippines and Korea.

        West Midlands > Real estate > Environment

        A stellar roster of blue-chip MNCs and public sector bodies turn to DLA Piper for assistance in the full scope of regulatory and legislative matters. Climate change expert Teresa Hitchcock, who divides her time between Sheffield and Birmingham, focuses on contaminated land, nuisance disputes, and regeneration projects.  Senior associate Taryn Jones concentrates on a range of product stewardship matters, assisting a diverse roster of clients who are governed both by UK and EU market standards. Associate Adam Flynn is also noted. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham unless stated otherwise.

        Practice head(s):

        Teresa Hitchcock

        Other key lawyers:

        Key clients

        Tokyo Electron Europe Ltd

        Miller Group Homes Ltd

        Philip Morris SA

        Adler & Allen

        Work highlights

        • Advised Tokyo Electron Europe Ltd on the EU Green Deal, and in particular the use of chemicals, and the impact this may have on its business going forward.
        • Advised Miller Group Homes Limited on the sale of its housebuilding business to an investment house.
        • Advised Philip Morris SA on the acquisition of Vectura, a UK based asthma inhaler manufacturer.

        Global Co-Chairs: Roger Meltzer and Andrew Darwin
        Co-Chief Executive Officers: Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
        Number of partners: 1,500
        Number of lawyers: 5,000
        Languages: The firm speaks over 60 languages
        Offices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

        Please see https://www.dlapiper.com for further information about the firm.

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