Firm Profile > DLA Piper > London, England

DLA Piper
160 Aldersgate Street
LONDON
EC1A 4HT
England

Living Wage

Brand management Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Ruth Hoy

Testimonials

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

Key clients

FA Premier League

Bridgestone

Merlin Entertainments

NBA

Vice Media

UNICEF

Commercial contracts Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Iain Bowler

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A very responsive, commercial and experienced commercial team’

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

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

Key clients

Starwood Capital

Merseytravel

Government Digital Service (GDS)

Unilever Asia Private Limited

IAG/British Airways

Commercial property: retail Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Paul Jayson

Other key lawyers:

Richard Wilkinson

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

‘Paul Dineen is incredibly keen to please.’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Debenhams Properties Limited

Levi Strauss

Valentino

Shaftesbury Plc

St James Place

DSG Retail

Arcadia Group

Heineken UK Limited

JD Sports

Fraud: civil Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Rappo; Rebecca Hopkirk; Anna Mills; Christina Lawrence; Phillip Kelly; Sarah Ellington; Charles Allin

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Thomas Kalaris

Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co Ltd (in Special Administration)

Premier Wealth

Renova Industries Limited

Health and safety Tier 1

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

IT and telecoms Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Kit Burden

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

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

Key clients

HCL Technologies

National Grid

Zurich

British Airways/IAG

Cabinet Office

Lego

Wipro

Heineken

UBS

HSBC

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

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

Practice head(s):

Robert Bishop; Jon Kenworthy

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

Mondelez (formerly Kraft Foods)

General Electric Company (“GE”)

London Stock Exchange Group

Gettaxi Limited

Merlin Entertainments plc

Pearson

Algeco

Discovery Communications

Lafarge Holcim

Fircroft

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Nick Fitzpatrick

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Calow; Ruth Hoy; Simon Levine; Bob Bishop; Jon Kenworthy; Michael Ridley; Nicholas West; Siân Croxon; John Wilks; John Cloke; Patrick Mitchell; Sam Churney

Testimonials

Ruth Hoy is clever, commercial and tactical.

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

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

Key clients

The Football Association Premier League

Discovery Communications

VICE Media

Copyright Licensing Agency

Genius Sports

Showmax

LEGO

Universal Studios

BPI (British Recorded Music industry)

Matchroom Boxing Ltd/Matchroom Sport

Springer Nature

Sony Pictures

Informa/Taylor & Francis

Dentsu Aegis

BeIN Sport

International Olympic Committee

American Chemical Society Publishing

TEAM

Oil and gas Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Charles Morrison; James Carter

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Ineos

Oando plc

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

Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation

Vitol

Mytilineos SA

Gazprom

Victoria Oil & Gas plc

DEFA – Natural Gas Company of Cyprus

Wintershall Nordsee

Frontier Oil Limited

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Natasha Luther-Jones; Dimitri Papaefstratiou

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners AG (CSEIP)

E.ON

Element Power

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (Nord/LB)

Greencoat UK Wind

DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale

Mytilineos SA

John Swire & Sons (including its subsidiary Argent Energy)

National Grid

Engie

European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET)

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

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

Practice head(s):

Tim Wright

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

Key clients

ABRY Partners

August Equity

Aurium Capital

Beech Tree Private Equity

Coast2Coast Capital

Duke Street Capital

Graphite Capital

H.I.G. European Capital Partners

Inflexion

Lloyds Development Capital

Maven Capital

Marwyn Partners

North Edge

Oakley Capital

Oaktree Capital Partners

Sun European Partners

Asset based lending Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Sarah Day; Joseph Frew; Steven Geerlings

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Bottley; Chris Roberts; Neil Riley; Richard Usher; Alastair Carruthers; Rob Lyons; Peter Manley

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

ABN Amro Commercial Finance

Aldermore Invoice Finance

BNP Paribas Commercial Finance

Lloyds

Clydesdale Bank Invoice Finance

RBS Invoice Finance

Deutsche Bank

HSBC Invoice Finance

Shawbrook Bank Business Credit

Siemens Financial Services

ING Commercial Finance

Sonovate

Bibby Financial Services

Coöperatieve Rabobank

Aviation Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Tony Payne

Other key lawyers:

Mark Franklin; Kathryn Ward; Richard Skipper; Leon Taylor; Shereena Rai; Sophie Brophy; Claire Deasey

Testimonials

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

The team provides an outstanding service to different stakeholders.

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

The team is always extremely responsive and eager to assist.

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

Shereena Rai is a well-rounded senior associate.

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

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

The team is excellent in urgent situations.

Key clients

Airbus Helicopters

Amazon

Beaufort Underwriting Agency

Bristow Helicopters

British Airways

CityJet

CV Starr

Delta Air Lines

easyJet

Emirates

Etihad Airways

KLM Royal Ditch Airlines

Manchester Airport Group

Menzies Aviation

Pratt & Whitney

Qatar Airways

Virgin Atlantic

XL Catlin

United Airlines

Brexit Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Paul Hardy; Richard Bonnar

Testimonials

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

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

Key clients

Wilko Retail Ltd

Howdens Joinery Co

Molson Coors Brewing Company

Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

Oxford Policy Management

Ardagh Group

Soho House

Information Commissioner Office

Action Aid UK

European Medical Agency

ABInBev

EasyJet

GE (Capital)

Hartree Partners UK Limited

McBride Plc

HPD Software Limited

Reed Business Information Limited

SThree

Unilever

Government of Wales

The CityUK

Sibelco UK Limited

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

BASF plc

Sodexo

Drax Power Limited

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Paul Jayson

Other key lawyers:

Tim Field; Ian Brierley

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

‘Paul Dineen is incredibly keen to please.’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

British Airways

Burberry

Credit Suisse

OneWeb

UniCredit

Motorola

National Grid

Philip Morris

Royal Mail

WeWork

Commercial property: development Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Northey

Other key lawyers:

Paul Jayson; Hayley Russell-White

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

‘Paul Dineen is incredibly keen to please.’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Mace Group Ltd

Cheyne Capital

Sanofi & Aventis Pharma Limited

Vale Europe Limited

Hadley Property Group

Places for People

Shaftsbury

Orchard Street

Herbal House Investments Limited

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Matthew Duncombe

Other key lawyers:

Susan Samuel; Stephen Malley

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

‘Paul Dineen is incredibly keen to please.’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Intercontinental Hotels Group

Hilton Worldwide Inc.

Merlin Entertainments

Marriott International

Starwood Capital

Kew Green

HIG Capital

Amaris Hospitality

Villa Plus

Intercontinental Hotels Group

Commercial property: investment Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

William Naunton

Other key lawyers:

Richard Wilkinson; Omer Maroof; Rob O’Hanrahan; George Burrha; Jonathan Northey

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

‘Paul Dineen is incredibly keen to please.’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Shaftesbury plc

The Pollen Estate

AXA Investment Fund Management

Oval Real Estate

LaSalle Investment Management

Prologis

PGIM Real Estate

St James’s Place UK plc

Savills Investment Management

King Street Capital

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Andrew Dyson; Ross McKean

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Ross McKean is technically excellent.

Key clients

Reckitt Benckiser

Aviva

Chubb Insurance

21st Century Fox

Anglo American

London Stock Exchange

Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Tata Steel

Stericycle

Condé Nast International Limited

Amdocs

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Alex Tamlyn

Other key lawyers:

Martin Penn; Rob Salter; Charles Severs; Karin Kirschner

Testimonials

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

Nothing is ever delegated to an unknown or unseen lawyer.

Key clients

Mothercare plc

Learning Technologies Group plc

SDL plc

Hutchison China MediTech

Harworth Group plc

PureTech Health

Allied Minds

Zeus Capital

Numis

i-nexus Global plc

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

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

Practice head(s):

John Forrest

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

TMF Group

Fircroft Group

Melrose

Check Point Software Technologies

James Fisher and Sons

Bank ABC

Svenska Handelsbanken

Reckitt Benckiser Group

Croda International

Fintech Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Anthony Day; Martin Bartlam

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Archax

Tokeny

IFX Payments

Global Digital Finance

Mash

iYield

Luther Systems

Lendable

Cavmont Bank

Tandem

Liverpool Victoria

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Colin Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Maria Pereira; Liam Cowell; Alison Fagan; Martin Nelson-Jones; Allison Page; Lillian Mackenzie; Dimitri Papaefstratiou; Robert Smith

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Department for Transport

Welsh Government

Balfour Beatty Investments

John Laing

Nord LB

Highways England

GE Healthcare

Babcock International

Hitachi Rail Europe

KEPCO

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Leon Taylor; Andrew Symons

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

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

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

The experience and market presence makes instructing Rebecca Hopkirk a must

Key clients

Aon

Zurich

AXA XL

Allied World

Swiss Re

Placing Platform Limited

R&Q

Berkshire Hathaway/Faraday syndicate/Resolute Management

AVIVA

Munich Re

Tokio Marine Kiln

Allianz/AGCS

Liberty Specialty Markets

Talbot Underwriting Limited

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Tony Katz; Sam Millar

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Rappo; Laura Ford

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

 

Key clients

Thomas Kalaris

Yu Group PLC

Sport Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Nick Fitzpatrick

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Unilever

The Football Association Premier League

beIN Sports

Discovery Communications

National Basketball Association

UNICEF

ESPN

The Football League

British Horseracing Authority

Goldman Sachs

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

HSBC Bank plc

Afghanistan Cricket Board

Bridgestone

International Olympic Committee

Genius Sports

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

TEAM

VAT and indirect tax Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Richard Woolich

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

bet365

Gulf Related

Kaplan International

TecEx

VATit

Waypoint

William Hill

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Jean‑Pierre Douglas‑Henry; Jeremy Andrews

Key clients

Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co (in Special Administration)

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Bank of London and the Middle East

Standard Chartered Bank

Standard Chartered Bank Kenya

Commercial litigation Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Jean‑Pierre Douglas‑Henry; Jeremy Andrews

Key clients

Renova Industries

Unilever

Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co (in Special Administration)

Solutus Advisors

Competition litigation Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Sam Szlezinger; Alexandra Kamerling; Sarah Smith

Testimonials

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

The team has strong antitrust expertise in the pharmaceutical sector

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

Key clients

Merck KGaA

Lupin

Discovery Communications

ZeniMax Media

Consolis Group

Construction: contentious Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Mark Hilton

Other key lawyers:

Edward Shaw; Anna Mills; Bob Maynard; Caroline Pope

Testimonials

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

‘Bob Maynard and Caroline Pope are engaged partners, who roll their sleeves up and quickly and efficiently get to the heart of the matter. No nonsense advice, delivered clearly.’

‘Caroline Pope and Bob Maynard are class operators. A wealth of experience delivered in a calm, confident manner who achieve excellent results.’

‘Caroline Pope is class personified.’

Key clients

Jean-Francois Clin

Erith Contractors

Samsung Engineering Co

State Enterprise Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Peter Lowe; Sarah Thomas

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Quintain

Mace

Global Student Accommodation

The Office Group

LaSalle Investment Management

St James’ Place

Barings

Debt capital markets Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Martin Bartlam; Vincent Keaveny; Mark Dwyer

Other key lawyers:

Steven Krivisnkas; Joywin Matthew

Testimonials

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

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

Key clients

Banca IMI

NatWest Markets

Morgan Stanley

Places for People

Mount Street Mortgage Servicing Limited

Workspace group

Derivatives (including commodities) Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Martin Bartlam; Vincent Keaveny; Mark Dwyer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

Key clients

Ares Management LLC

StormHarbour Securities

Mount Street

Aspect Capital Limited

Accunia Fondsmaeglerselskab A/S

Frontera Capital B.V.

Banca IMI S.p.A.

Merlin Entertainments Plc

Saar Capital Limited

Mosel Capital Limited

Green Deal Finance Company

Employment: employers Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Adam Hartley

Key clients

ITV

Uber

Shire

SuperGroup

HSBC

London Stock Exchange

Park Plaza

Crabtree & Evelyn

NetApp

Financial services: contentious Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Tony Katz; Sam Millar

Testimonials

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

Key clients

Yu Group PLC

Thomas Kalaris

Dixons Carphone Plc

TTT Moneycorp

Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Limited

Franchising Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Iain Bowler

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

Gaming and betting Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Nick Fitzpatrick

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Prakash (PK) Paran; Melanie James

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Aetna

AIG

Aon

Athora

Starstone

Euclid

Arag

Aviva Plc & Aviva Ventures

AXA

Compre

FM Global

Fosun

Generali

Hannover Re

Liberty Mutual

MS Amlin

Munich Re (HSB/Munich Re)

Saudi Re

Sompo Canopius

Swiss Re

Intellectual property Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Ruth Hoy

Testimonials

The team has excellent technical know-how.

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

Key clients

The Football Association Premier League Limited

BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) Limited

Nike

Emirates Airlines

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

Bajaj Auto Limited

Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (“ICE”)

Papa Johns

Toshiba

Reed Business Information Limited (“RBI”)

Brewdog plc

NLA Media Access Limited

ASOS

Merlin Entertainment

International Airlines Group/ British Airways

Duracell

UEFA

FIFA

La Liga

The Asian Football Confederation

Department for International Trade

Universal International Music

Mining and minerals Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Petra Billing

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Government of Kenya

Aggregate Industries (UK) Limited/ LafargeHolcim

Tarmac/CRH

The Coal Authority

Ineos Upstream Limited

Republic of Guinea

Ibstock Brick Limited

Sibelco UK (Unimin)

Tata Steel UK Limited

Syrah Resources

RecyCoal

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Matthew Swynnerton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

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

Key clients

Hitachi Rail Europe Limited

Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited

Novartis UK Pension Scheme

Aviva

National Grid (ESPS)

E.ON UK (ESPS)

Grainger Inc

Du Pont (U.K.) Limited Pensions Fund

The Premier League

Heineken

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Matthew Swynnerton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

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

Property finance Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Toby Barker

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

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

DLA Piper provides a good, partner-led service.

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

Key clients

M&G

HSBC Bank Plc

Round Hill Capital

Aareal Bank AG

HIG

Cheyne Capital

KKR

Mace Developments

Goldman Sachs

Aviva

Mount Street

Solutus Advisors Limited

Property litigation Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Ian Brierley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

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

Key clients

European Medicines Agency

Royal Mail Group

Aroland

Far East Consortium

HS2

The Pollen Estate

Mace

Telereal Trillium

AXA

St James’s Place

Public international law Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Scott Horton, Philip Chong

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Republic of Kenya

Kyrgyz Republic

Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

Thailand

Turkcell

Rail Tier 3

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

Structured products and securitisation Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Martin Bartlam; Vincent Keaveny; Mark Dwyer

Other key lawyers:

Ronan Mellon; Bryony Widdup; Steven Krivinskas

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Ares Management LLC

StormHarbour Securities

Mount Street

Aspect Capital Limited

Accunia Fondsmaeglerselskab A/S

Frontera Capital B.V.

Banca IMI S.p.A.

Merlin Entertainments Plc

Saar Capital Limited

Mosel Capital Limited

Green Deal Finance Company

Acquisition finance Tier 4

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

Practice head(s):

Martin Bartlam; Matt Christmas; Toby Barker; Mark Dwyer

Other key lawyers:

Andy Kolacki; Philip Crump; Julie Romer; Douglas Murning

Testimonials

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

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

Mark Dwyer is a superstar.

Key clients

HSBC

Investec

Lloyds Banking Group

Royal Bank of Scotland

Silicon Valley Bank

Ares Management

Bain Capital Credit

BlueBay Asset Management

CVC Credit Partners

Hayfin Capital Management

Pemberton Asset Management

Discovery

Heineken

VEON

LivaNova

Workspace Group

Graphite Capital

Symphony Technology Group

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 4

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

Practice head(s):

Martin Bartlam; Matt Christmas; Toby Barker; Mark Dwyer

Other key lawyers:

Julie Romer; Philip Crump; Andy Kolacki; Douglas Murning; Joywin Mathew

Testimonials

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

Mark Dwyer and his team always considers the bigger picture.

Key clients

HSBC

Investec

Lloyds Banking Group

Royal Bank of Scotland

Silicon Valley Bank

Ares Management

Bain Capital Credit

BlueBay Asset Management

CVC Credit Partners

Hayfin Capital Management

Pemberton Asset Management

Discovery

Heineken

VEON

LivaNova

Workspace Group

Graphite Capital

Symphony Technology Group

Corporate tax Tier 4

DLA Piper's team handles a range of transactional and advisory tax work in relation to corporate, real estate and financial services matters. The firm also advises more broadly on international taxation, which sits alongside a strong transfer pricing practice. The team include international VAT expert Richard Woolich, who 'has a very wide range of knowledge in all areas of tax'.

Other key lawyers:

Richard Woolich; Paul Rutherford; Ben Brown; Kelly Lovegrove

Testimonials

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

Key clients

Brewdog plc

Dropbox

Heineken UK

Kaplan International

Marsh & Mclennan

Mondalez

Stanley Black & Decker

Vice Media

Emerging markets Tier 4

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

Equity capital markets – mid-large cap Tier 4

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

Practice head(s):

Alex Tamlyn

Other key lawyers:

Martin Penn; Rob Salter; Charles Severs

Testimonials

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

Nothing is ever delegated to an unknown or unseen lawyer.

Key clients

Mothercare plc

Learning Technologies Group plc

SDL plc

Hutchison China MediTech

Harworth Group plc

PureTech Health

Allied Minds

Zeus Capital

Numis

i-nexus Global plc

EU and competition Tier 4

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

Practice head(s):

Sam Szlezinger; Alexandra Kamerling; Sarah Smith

Testimonials

The team stands out for its breadth of experience

Strong merger expertise

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

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

Sam Szlezinger is very experienced and simply amazing

Key clients

Payzone

Nisa Retail

Dignity

Heineken UK

Discovery Communications

OCS

John Menzies

John Swire & Sons

Axalta Coating Systems

Metal & Waste Recycling

Ecolab

Rolls-Royce

NFU Mutual

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 4

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

Practice head(s):

Michael McKee; Tony Katz

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

First Data Corporation

FirstRand Bank

C&C Group plc

Conviviality Plc and PwC (Administrators)

European Bank

High yield Tier 4

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

Practice head(s):

Tony Lopez

International arbitration Tier 4

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

Practice head(s):

Philip Chong

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Associate Gemma Read has a real eye for detail‘.

Key clients

Gazprom

Government of Ghana

Hiranandani Family

Republic of Kenya

Standard Chartered Bank

Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

Samsung Engineering

Republic of Guinea

Republic of Zambia

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

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

Practice head(s):

Tim Wright

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

Key clients

ABRY Partners

August Equity

Aurium Capital

Beech Tree Private Equity

Coast2Coast Capital

Duke Street Capital

Graphite Capital

H.I.G. European Capital Partners

Inflexion

Lloyds Development Capital

Maven Capital

Marwyn Partners

North Edge

Oakley Capital

Oaktree Capital Partners

Sun European Partners

Product liability: defendant Tier 4

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

Practice head(s):

Teresa Hitchcock

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Newell Rubbermaid UK

Juul Labs Inc

Lloyds Pharmacy Limited

Smart Things Inc.

Magic Leap Inc.

Tenmat Ltd.

Reputation management Tier 4

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

Practice head(s):

Ruth Hoy; Duncan Calow; Richard Taylor; Andrew Smith; Paul Stone

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

American Chemistry Society

Informa UK

Laurence King

Pan Macmillan

Palgrave

Taylor & Francis

Springer Nature

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 5

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

Practice head(s):

Chris Parker

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Richards; David Ampaw; Neil Riley; Tim Dawson; Jared Green; Rowan Aspinwall; Peter Manley; Laura Wright

Key clients

Alvarez & Marsal

PwC

Conviviality Group Plc

Monarch Airlines for Manchester Airports Group

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Banking syndicate on Evans Cycles

Environment Tier 5

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

Practice head(s):

Teresa Hitchcock

Key clients

Tarmac Services

Boparan Holdings

Unilever

BEIS

Wilko

Lloyds Pharmacy

Planning Tier 5

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

Shipping Tier 5

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

Practice head(s):

Linos Choo

Other key lawyers:

Helen Vickers

Testimonials

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

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

Linos Choo is commercially savvy and a shrew negotiator.’

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

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

Linos Choo is very fast and efficient in responses.’

Key clients

Bank of London and the Middle East

Gard AS

Tata Steel UK

Standard Chartered Bank

Zurich Australia

Manfred Lauterjung Befrachtung GmbH

DTEK Trading SA

Bank Pozitif

COSCO

Gazprom PJSC

Administrative and public law Tier 6

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

Practice head(s):

Paul Stone; Hazel Moffat

Testimonials

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

Key clients

Uber Britannia Limited

Ocean Outdoor Limited

Department for Transport

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Market Operator Services

Transport for Greater Manchester

Electronic Collar Manufacturers Association

Heineken Limited

Hitachi Rail Europe Limited

Office of Rail and Road

Transport finance & leasing Tier 6

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

Practice head(s):

Alan Cunningham

Other key lawyers:

Richard Skipper; Rebecca Williams

Testimonials

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

Key clients

AviaAM Financial Leasing

Etihad Airways

Flybe

HSBC Equipment Finance (UK) Limited

Lombard North Central

Shawbrook Bank

British Airways

Virgin Atlantic Airways

Air Mauritius

Air Seychelles

Banking and finance Tier 1

The 'strong' banking and finance practice at DLA Piper UK LLP stands out for its cross-border reach, as evidenced by work on syndicated corporate finance, leveraged finance, real estate finance and other multi-jurisdictional deals for banks and large corporates. Led by Stephen Bottley, the team also features real estate finance expert Brian Woolcock. Senior associate Ben Tumelty left to join Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in November 2018.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Bottley

Other key lawyers:

Brian Woolcock; Gemma Lawrence

Testimonials

‘Excellent invoice finance and asset-based lending sector knowledge’

‘Very knowledgeable team who apply stringent due diligence when dealing with matters for the bank.’

‘The team always take extra care to ensure the bank is fully protected and that we understand the specific issues and risks within a transaction.’

‘Brian Woolcock has helped resolve many issues with complex property transactions.’

‘Good geographical capability. Fair pricing. Broad expertise.’

‘Stephen Bottley provides excellent service. He is readily available and offers sensible advice based on his broad experience.’

Key clients

HSBC Bank

Clydesdale Bank

AIB Group (UK)

Clinigen Group

Ares Capital

Kreos Capital

Extracare Charitable Trust

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Dignity

S&U

AVIVA

RBS Invoice Finance

Banking and finance Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Matthew Christmas

Testimonials

The team delivers considered advice and a consistent service

It always does an excellent job

Matthew Christmas is outstanding and a real market leader

Charles Weems is a star of the future

Joseph Frew is excellent on ABL mandates

 

Key clients

Booths

Five Guys

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

Lloyds Bank

Matalan

NSG UK Co

Permira Debt Managers

Pemberton Capital

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

Santander UK

Tosca Debt Capital

Maslow Capital

Bibby Financial Services

Banking and finance Tier 1

The team at DLA Piper UK LLP's Leeds office handles debt finance, real estate finance, project finance and asset-based lending work with clients praising its 'vast relevant industry knowledge'. It is able to leverage the firm's national and international network to assist with cross-border transactions, with clients appreciating the combination of its local strength and global depth. Noteworthy individuals include real estate finance expert Kirstie Allerton, debt finance specialist and UK head of finance and markets Sarah DayAnna Robson, who focuses on debt finance and asset-based lending; and legal director Laura Gordon, who has key expertise in renewable energy sector financings.

Practice head(s):

Kirstie Allerton; Sarah Day; Anna Robson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

With excellent partner involvement on transactions, DLA Piper has vast relevant industry knowledge on the latest positions and trends and has an absolute attention to detail‘.

‘A very good team with good cover and experience across all disciplines. It provides a fantastic service and competitive pricing with very good client and bank experience‘.

‘The strength in depth of a global firm but with a strong regional presence’.

Anna Robson is one of the region’s leading banking partners and will often advise on the largest and most complex financing deals that are taking place‘.

Key clients

Aviva

Bank J Safra (Gibraltar)

ICG-Longbow

Sun Capital

Emerald Publishing

Henry Boot

Town Centre Securities

Santander UK

Microgen

Nord

Severfield

Safestyle UK

VetPartners Group

Banking litigation Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP's banking and financial services litigation team continues to receive instructions from high-profile financial services clients on a range of contentious issues. The group fields individuals across its Leeds and Sheffield offices and is praised by clients as 'one of the strongest banking litigation practices outside London.' Adam Ibrahim heads up the practice and is singled out for handling disputes involving complex financial products including derivatives and foreign exchange transactions, cyber crime issues and related fraud matters, while senior consultant Hugh Evans is active in advising lenders. The team also includes legal directors Sohail Ali, who specialises in complex banking fraud matters; Sharon Duncan who acts for a range of corporates and mortgage providers; and Chris Harvey, whose experience ranges from professional negligence and mis-selling claims to complex possession actions.

Practice head(s):

Adam Ibrahim

Testimonials

DLA Piper UK LLP has deep experience and knowledge of the sector and is able to manage large and medium disputes with ease. It has an excellent reputation in the market.

DLA Piper UK LLP‘s banking litigation team is able to provide high-quality work at regional rates. It has a fantastic knowledge of the latest legal developments.

DLA Piper UK LLP‘s banking litigation team has a deep knowledge of retail banking litigation. It is rare that an issue arises in a case that someone in the team has not encountered before.

Sheffield-based senior associate Barney Connell is superb, responsive, bright, gives sensible and strategic advice.

Hugh Evans is immensely helpful and prepared to help clients at a moment’s notice on any issue that is problematic or challenging. He has a huge depth of knowledge across legal developments and case law and can talk on any industry subject with knowledge and conviction.

Legal director Chris Harvey is a smart and pragmatic lawyer. He always manages to provide advice in a client focused commercial manner as opposed to lawyer speak.

Adam Ibrahim provides good client management; straightforward and easy going while having good focus on getting the job done.

Legal director Sohail Ali is organised and efficient and on top of the detail of a case. Very straightforward to work with.

Key clients

Alpha Bank

Aviva

Bank of Ireland

Barclays Bank

Clydesdale Bank

GE Capital

HSBC Bank Plc

Leeds Building Society

Lloyds Banking Group (incl HBOS)

Metro Bank Plc

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (incl Nat West & Lombard)

Santander

Skipton Building Society

Standard Chartered Bank

Sun Capital

Banking litigation Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Stewart Plant; John Gollaglee

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Higgins; Krystle Robinson; Philip Williams; Benjamin Fellows

Testimonials

Responsive, collaborative, and cost effective

Happy to talk and very personable

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

All the lawyers are extremely good – including the trainees

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

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

Key clients

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

The Co-operative Bank

Elavon Financial Services

First Data Corporation

WorldPay (UK) Limited

Metro Bank

Payvision

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

Global Payments

Close Brothers Group

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP is notably strong in cross-border disputes, with the firm's international network of offices providing a strong platform to attract big-ticket mandates. The team, which has particular focus on client in the financial services, technology and government contracting sectors, saw a 30% growth in fee income over the past year. Neil Bowker is national head of the firm's UK litigation and regulatory group, and has extensive experience of cross-border disputes. Nick Bamford, meanwhile, heads up the Birmingham team and is highly experienced in cases involving contract breaches and financial misconduct.

Practice head(s):

Neil Bowker; Nick Bamford

Other key lawyers:

Philip Kelly

Testimonials

‘The best commercial litigation team in Birmingham. Punches its weight against the London City firms, with a global client base.’

‘The team has a great combination of experience and enthusiasm.’

‘Phillip Kelly has the ability to make complicated matters sounds relatively straightforward and is very confidence-inspiring.’

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

‘A close team, who work well together, sharing knowledge and best practice, and ensuring that the client gets seamless care.’

‘The team is highly pragmatic and commercial, knows what points to push and which not to, and deal with big cases with real efficiency. I have also always found them extremely personable and to command real confidence from their clients.’

‘Neil Bowker’s ability to handle delicate situations with utter professionalism, and continue to give first-rate advice throughout, is truly excellent.’

‘Nick Bamford is very experienced, with excellent judgement and a commercial approach. He is practical, knowledgeable and responsive, and has developed an excellent team.’

Key clients

Intercontinental Hotels Group

National Grid

Dignity

Synergy Health

HSBC Bank

NEC Group

Philip Morris

Serco Group

Telereal Trillium

Compass

Angus Fire

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP has broad expertise across several areas including competition law disputes, contract management claims and international arbitration. Practice head David Young has particular experience in pensions law, trusts issues, competition law and judicial reviews, while Simon Kenyon is key name for technology disputes and Paul Stone is particularly active in public and administrative law matters and contentious procurement mandates.

Practice head(s):

David Young

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team understands the client’s needs and gives sound advice based on business needs.

‘DLA Piper UK LLP continues to be a top-tier local firm in commercial litigation in Leeds. The team is consistently professional and effective in its work and communication with regular meetings, emails and telephone conversations from key individuals, allowing for a smooth delivery of legal services. Beyond this, it makes a concerted effort to become familiar with the workings and processes of its client, making it clear that it cares by providing appropriate expertise in order to deliver the best results.

Simon Kenyon is always very responsive, answering questions quickly and navigating difficult situations.

Paul Stone remains an excellent and trusted adviser.

David Young is very calm and strategic.

Kathryn Ford is very competent.

Key clients

British Airways

Wipro Limited

Birmingham city council

Hitachi Rail Europe

Commercial litigation: Liverpool Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Stewart Plant; Christina Sharma

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Catterall; Emma Charnock; John Gollaglee; Ben Miller

Key clients

Information Commissioner Office

Lonrho Limited

ABB

Liverpool Football Club

United Utilities

Liverpool City Council

International Cotton Association

USS

Westminster City Council

Delta Airlines

Lloyds Banking Group

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Stewart Plant

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Eatough; Andrew Smith; Leontia McArdle; Nicola Higgins; Philip Williams; Krystle Robinson; Benjamin Fellows; Alison Fagan 

Testimonials

‘Very enthusiastic and responsive to client requirements.’

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

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

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

Key clients

Information Commissioner’s Office

Klockner Pentaplast

Lonhro

SMG Europe Holdings

Molson Coors

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

Scottish Power Energy Retail Limited

NCC Group plc

Bodycote plc

Solutus Advisors Limited

GHD Group Holdings Limited

Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP assists its impressive client roster, which spans a broad range of public and private sector clients across the IT, engineering, manufacturing and transport sectors, with a range corporate, commercial and contractual disputes. Practice head Richard Norman is highlighted for his expertise in handling IT, outsourcing and telecoms disputes, while senior associate Barney Connell has particular experience advising the financial services sector. Other names to note included senior associates Harriet Farrant, James Watson and David Molyneux for construction industry, technology sector and pensions disputes respectively.

Practice head(s):

Richard Norman

Testimonials

The dispute resolution practice at DLA Piper UK LLP provides clear, practical and honest advice and deals with matters as economically as possible, taking into account the long term interests of the client.

The commercial litigation team at DLA Piper UK LLP has the ability to understand the central issues and to recommend the most appropriate means of dealing with them as quickly as possible.

Key clients

CBRE

Telenor

Boots plc

Arqiva

Coal Authority

Merlin Entertainments

Tata Communications

Verizon

Bighand

Atos

Sivantos

Colt Technology

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP is a leading firm for retail property law, with significant expertise in the manufacturing, transport and energy sectors, leveraging the firm's international presence to facilitate cross-jurisdictional work. Notable names include former practice head Tim Field, who acts for national and international clients, and Ruth Williamson, who has experience in corporate occupier asset management. Susan Samuel, who has acted for hotel operators and developers, joined the firm from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in early 2019.

Practice head(s):

John Kittle

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

JD Sports

British Airways

Diocese of Leeds

New Look

Uber

West Yorkshire Passenger Executive

Smithy Wood Business Park

Elliott Group Limited

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Sytner Group Limited

Telereal Trillium

Merlin Entertainments

Hain Daniels

Commercial property: Liverpool Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Mark Beardwood 

Testimonials

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

They team is very commercial and pro-active.

Richard Thompson is extremely commercial, trusted and dependable.

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

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

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

Key clients

Schroder Real Estate Managers

Radisson Hotels

Universities Superannuation Scheme

Picton Capital

MRC Pension Trust

London Borough of Southwark Pension Fund

John Lewis Partnership Pension Fund

CBRE Global Investors

Heineken UK

Liverpool Football Club

Downing Developments

Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council

Elan Homes

St James Place UK

USF Nominees

Pace Trustees

Commercial property: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 1

While leveraging the firm's global network to handle international mandates, DLA Piper UK LLP is also active in the local market, acting for regional property companies and developers on a range of issues. Nigel Howard leads the department and focuses on development work, industrial asset-related matters and the public sector; Stephen Blacksell heads up the firm's EMEA student accommodation sector group, and Mark Keeling primarily acts for manufacturers and corporate occupiers.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Howard

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Round Hill Capital

Harrison Street Real Estate

Langley Properties Limited (MAS REI)

ASD Limited

Tata Steel UK Limited

Medway Council

J F Finnegan Ltd

Laver Regeneration Ltd

URBO Regeneration Ltd

Tapton Estates

Wavin Ltd (Mexichem)

University of Sheffield

Construction Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP's construction practice is regularly involved in high-profile local, national and international projects, leveraging the firm's wider global network. The team is also active in a broad range of sectors including the energy, infrastructure, real estate, regeneration, manufacturing and consumer goods industries; clients include plcs, banks, energy providers, developers and government agencies. Sheffield-based Ian Doig and David Moss in Leeds jointly lead the group and specialise in non-contentious and contentious matters respectively. Ben Peecock handles large-scale energy and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Ian Doig; David Moss

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

DLA Piper fields an excellent team of reliable and responsive lawyers‘.

DLA Piper has a strong capability to commercially assess construction dispute issues‘.

David Moss is a standout partner. He is well respected and his opinion carries weight‘.

The individuals are good communicators, both written and verbally, are efficient and have a balanced approach‘.

Key clients

BAE

Visa Europe

Henry Boot

Bouygues E&S UK Limited

Severfield (UK) Limited

Yorkshire Water Plc

Highways England

Roundhill Capital

Credit Suisse

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP  is known for its work on complex cross-border transactions with extensive experience in both M&A and capital markets.  The team is led by 'tough negotiator' Noel Haywood  and Charles Cook , who both focus on international M&A transactions.  Also recommended are private equity partner Tim Lake , capital markets partner John Campion  and rising star senior associate Robert Newman .

Practice head(s):

Noel Haywood; Charles Cook

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very efficient with strong experience in M&A ‘

‘Noel Haywood is a tough, hard-edged negotiator with a laser focus on client outcomes.’

‘Tim Lake has a smiling, easy going manner which belies a strong winning mentality.’

Key clients

2 Agriculture

2 Sisters Food Group

Alstom SA

Altrad

Barclays Bank PLC

Blom

Boparan Private Office

Brewdog plc

Bridgestone

Bromford Industries

Chamberlin PLC

Clinigen

Dechra

Dignity PLC

Ecolab, Inc.

Elan Homes

eTech Solutions

Euro Packaging

Finning International

GE

H&M Hennes & Mauritz

Hawksford

Hill & Smith

Holdings

Huber + Suhner

Iberia Industry Capital

Kelda Group

Knights Group

Holdings Plc

Lotus Bakeries

Mettis Aerospace

Mondelez

Morgan Advanced Materials plc

NFT Ventures  Pearson

Rolls Royce

StackPath, LLC

Starwood Capital

SUEZ – Water Technologies & Solutions

Swissport

Sytner Group

TDC Group

The Hain Celestial Group

Treehouse Group Limited

Venture Capital Bank Bahrain

Verizon

Watkin Jones

Webjet Limited

Wipro Limited

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

DLA Piper UK LLP's Leeds-based corporate and commercial practice provides a broad service to its impressive client roster of local, domestic and, increasingly, international companies. Led by Andrew Davies, the corporate team, which handles a range of high-profile M&A and private and public equity transactions, also includes Jonathan Procter, who is well-regarded for his financial services and retail sector expertise. The firm's commercial offering is headed up by Matthew Duncombe. The hospitality and leisure, healthcare, retail, energy and technology sectors are all key areas of strength for the department.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Davies; Matthew Duncombe

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Procter; John Gallon; Wendy Harrison; Stephen Atkinson

Testimonials

Jonathan Procter is a very good lawyer.

The team is very commercial, with good in-depth knowledge of various sectors.

John Gallon is outstanding and provides high-quality advice.

Key clients

Arconic Inc

Newell Brands

Cube Infrastructure Fund

Vaillant Group

Outokumpu

Anglo African Oil & Gas plc

I-Nexus Global plc

Maintel Holdings plc

Investec Investments (UK) Limited

August Equity

UGI Corporation

Heineken

Formula E

Severfield plc

Starwood Capital

Greencoat Capital

Ramsay Healthcare

GT Gettaxi Ltd (“Gett”)

Croda International plc

Yum! (KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell)

Paul

Koh Tan Resorts

Crooked Mile S.A

Corporate and commercial: Liverpool Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Sarah Bell; James Kerrigan

Other key lawyers:

Gemma Cowap; Michael Hudson; Peter Brook; Paddy Dwyer

Testimonials

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

Key clients

arvato Group

Clydesdale Financial Services Ltd t/a Barclays Partner Finance

Duracell

Flywheel IT Services

Heineken UK

Hunter Boots Limited

Liverpool City Council

Liverpool Football Club

Newell Rubbermaid

PetrolValves Srl

QA Limited

Sutton & Son (St Helens) Ltd

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

Unilever

Whirlpool

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Lee Brierley; James Kerrigan

Other key lawyers:

Elia Montorio; Stephen Wright; Luke Stubbs; Jonathan Watkins, Yunus Maka; Andrew Phillips; David Booth

Key clients

ABM Industries Inc

BASF

Belstaff

Beech Tree Private Equity

Biffa Group Limited

Clariant

Talk Talk Group plc

Flowtech Fluidpower plc

Key Retirement Group

Lloyds Development Capital

Molson Coors

NCC Group plc

Next

Nichols plc

The Co-operative Bank

The Hut Group

Transport for the North

Verna Group

Corporate and commercial: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP's Sheffield-based team has the capacity to handle local, national and international M&A, public and private equity matters, long-term contracts, outsourcings and procurement transactions. Capital markets and M&A expert Rob McKie leads the corporate team, which includes Richard May, who has particular expertise in the manufacturing sector, and David BeechRoger Gough heads up the commercial contracts and distribution team and has particular expertise in transport and logistics arrangements. The group is also active in the energy, technology, sports and media, retail and government contracting sectors. Catherine Simister retired from the practice.

Practice head(s):

Robert McKie; Roger Gough

Other key lawyers:

Richard May; David Beech; Amanda Pilkington

Testimonials

DLA Piper UK LLP fields a heavyweight corporate practice in Sheffield.

The team has a calm, informed approach which would be expected from a leading London team, but at a cost which is substantially less. Its advice is consistently excellent and it really puts its clients and the work first – many other firms seem only interested in talking about fees.

DLA Piper is global, but acts local.

Robert Mckie and Liam Freeman in particular are superb: they are always available, very responsive and provide consistently excellent advice. Simply outstanding.

Richard May has an outstanding approach to work, which is night and day if necessary. He provides sound legal advice, and is highly commercial.

Key clients

Arconic Inc

Newell Brands

Yu Group plc

Vaillant Group

Outokumpu

Anglo African Oil & Gas plc

I-Nexus Global plc

Maintel Holdings plc

Investec Investments (UK)

Heineken

CPL Industries

Align Bidco

Formula E

Wilko Retail

Mothercare

Armitage Pet Care

Avanti Gas

Speciality Steel

Reckitt Benckiser

Corporate tax Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

David Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Flowtech Fluidpower plc

James Grant Group (now YM&U Group)

Thomas International Limited (Management)

Tangerine Confectionery Limited (Management)

Two Sisters Food Group/ Boparan Holdings

Payzone UK Limited

Crawford Healthcare (acted for owners on sale)

Sandton Capital Partners

Shareholders in Richard Wellock & Sons Limited

Carlyle European Technology Partners III Sarl

Employment Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Alan Chalmers

Testimonials

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

Very professional, yet personal in approach.’

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

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

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

Key clients

AB InBev

ABB Limited

Akzo Nobel

ATPI Group

Canon (UK & Europe)

Collaborative Solutions LLC

Compass Minerals Group

Diversey Limited

Elopak UK Limited

International Hotels Group plc (IHG)

Johnson Matthey plc

Kelly Group

Magnox Limited

Northumbrian Water Group

NuGeneration Limited

Reach plc (formerly Trinity Mirror Group plc)

Sealed Air Limited

Sodexo

The Claims Guys

The Co-operative Bank Limited

Verna Group International

Wave Utilities

Runshaw College

Argo Aviation International Ltd

SDL Plc

Employment Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP is well-equipped to handle major multi-jurisdictional projects, as well as complex employment tribunal and High Court litigation. The superb team advises on the full spectrum of employment matters, ranging from wrongful/unfair dismissal claims to complex whistleblowing and discrimination matters. It has strong industry expertise in manufacturing, hospitality and leisure, technology, retail and energy. Sandra Wallace is the practice head.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Wallace

Other key lawyers:

Emma Phillips; Lisa Kemp

Testimonials

‘The team has a combination of technical excellence, pragmatism and a genuine commercial approach‘.

It is a great team of individuals that give advice and support at a moment’s notice and make you feel that you are their only client in that moment of assistance. The personalised service and engagement we have is truly valued and appreciated’.

‘There is a broad range of knowledge / experience in the team which means they appropriately allocate work to the right person / level of experience to meet your needs’.

The outstanding Sandra Wallace is very hardworking and capable‘.

Emma Phillips  is very methodical, constructive and user friendly, as well as being practical‘.

Emma Phillips is very robust, commercial and solutions focused. She is very clear and pragmatic‘.

Emma Phillips is a real star‘. She delivers an outstanding service.’

Lisa Kemp does the right thing for her clients, she fights her clients’ corner well but knows when to reach a deal/settlement’.

Lisa Kemp has extensive knowledge and a willingness to approach problems with non-textbook solutions. She provides clients with a personal level of service and detailed quality advice‘.

Key clients

Dyson

Hilton International Hotels (UK)

Sodexo

Wesleyan

Clinigen

Stepstone Group

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP's employment practice advises numerous international clients on multi-jurisdictional issues. The team focuses on complex work for large clients, specifically in the technology, financial services and retail sectors. Particular expertise includes advising clients on HM Revenue & Customs investigations into National Minimum Wage compliance as well as legal issues presented by the continued rise of the gig economy. Practice head Jane Hannon covers all employment issues from international outsourcings to senior executive disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jane Hannon

Testimonials

‘Chris Baker is exceptional – he is a pleasure to work with and always makes himself readily available for last-minute requests and early phone calls. Ryan Stringer’s work is also great’. 

Key clients

New Balance

Howden Joinery

Hermes Parcelnet

Shiseido Group

Stanley Black & Decker

Walker Greenbank

Wyndham Hotel Group

Dentsu Aegis

Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP is instructed on the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters, with particular expertise advising on public sector procurements, TUPE and outsourcing work, as well as handling issues relating to employment status, GDPR and national minimum wage compliance. The group benefits from being able to leverage its international network in cross-border matters and has notable expertise in the technology, manufacturing, financial services and retail sectors. Key names to note include practice head Clare Gregory and Gurpreet Duhra; Gregory has recently been particularly active in assisting clients with gender pay gap reporting, while Duhra is highlighted for his expertise in collective employment issues.

Practice head(s):

Clare Gregory

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Merlin Entertainments Plc

DS Smith Plc

Mothercare plc

Wilko Retail

University of Sheffield

Dixons Carphone plc

Dreams Limited

Ardagh

Arnold Laver

Verizon

Energy Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Darren Walsh

Other key lawyers:

Andrew S. Davies; Paul Giles; David Moss Ben Morton

Testimonials

Darren Walsh has vast knowledge of the energy sector

Key clients

Kelda Water Services

Sellafield

Korea Electric Power Corporation

Rolls-Royce

Renewi UK Services (formerly Shanks Waste Management Ltd)

Vital Energi Solutions

LondonEnergy

Liverpool Combined Authority – Mersey Tidal One

Pilkington

Ansaldo Nuclear

Innasol

Nu-Generation

Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority

United Utilities

GE / Alstom Power

BAM Nuttall

BAM Infra

Energy Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP leverages the firm's global capacity to handle local, national and international energy projects across the wind, solar, energy-from-waste, oil and gas, energy storage and smart metering sectors, including developments, investments, acquisitions, disposals and financing work. The team also has notable experience in corporate power purchase agreements. Renewable energy expert Natasha Luther-Jones is global co-chair of the firm's energy and natural resources group and Teresa Hitchcock focuses on regulatory issues and climate change work. Andrew Batterton handles property and planning-related issues, legal director Laura Gordon is a key name for project finance matters. Ben Peecock was made up in the firm's 2019 partnership round.

Practice head(s):

Natasha Luther-Jones; Teresa Hitchcock

Testimonials

The practice has an exceptionally broad client base across the energy and natural resources sector and provides all-round strength in both contentious and non-contentious matters‘.

The team has exceptional knowledge of the energy infrastructure sector and provides a first-class service to clients‘.

Teresa Hitchcock is an able and extremely determined lawyer, fiercely loyal to her clients and has remarkable strategic and tactical sense‘.

Natasha Luther-Jones has excellent commercial awareness and industry knowledge. She is always ready to make that extra effort to introduce and connect clients to make a deal‘.

Key clients

Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners AG (CSEIP)

E.ON

Element Power

Equitix

KfW IPEX-BANK

Heleba

MUFG

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (Nord/LB)

Greencoat UK Wind

DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale

INEOS

Anglo African Oil & Gas

Statkraft UK

Environment Tier 1

With a strong presence in all areas of environmental law, DLA Piper UK LLP handles environmental litigation and prosecutions, transactional matters, compliance issues, waste-related work and regulatory mandates. The department also includes specialists in climate change, emissions and product stewardship. Highly regarded practice head Teresa Hitchcock handles contaminated land issues, nuisance disputes, climate change law and regeneration projects. Newly promoted partner Alastair Clough leads the transactional element of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Teresa Hitchcock

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

DLA Piper provides a first-class service at all levels from junior to partner level, deriving from wide experience and detailed attention to each matter. It is a full-service firm with resources to match‘.

The practice has an exceptionally broad client base and provides all-round strength in both contentious and non-contentious matters‘.

Teresa Hitchcock is an able and extremely determined lawyer, fiercely loyal to her clients and has remarkable strategic sense‘.

Key clients

Tarmac Services Limited

Boparan Holdings Limited

Unilever

BEIS

Wilko

Heineken UK Limited

Lloyds Pharmacy Limited

Health and safety Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP's safety, health and environment group is instructed by an impressive client roster which includes several national and international corporates, which it assists with a range of matters spanning compliance advice, risk management and high-profile contentious matters. Teresa Hitchcock has a breadth of health and safety experience, particularly in the manufacturing, construction and industrial sectors alongside public sector expertise. Recently promoted partner Alastair Clough and associate Eddy Steele handle non-contentious and contentious matters respectively, while legal director Ailish Oxenforth assists with a broad range of instructions.

Practice head(s):

Teresa Hitchcock

Testimonials

Associate Eddy Steele is very approachable, gives sensible, practical and solid advice.

Infrastructure Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP's cross-departmental team handles the full spectrum of infrastructure work, including projects, finance, litigation, regulatory matters, competition issues, tax, planning and construction. The practice, which operates on a local, national and international level, counts local authorities, infrastructure funders and major corporates as clients. Ian Doig focuses on construction work, while Robert Smith handles transport-related work. Leeds managing partner Allison Page is an expert in highways and street lighting projects, Natasha Luther-Jones leads the energy group, and Andrew Batterton heads up the development and infrastructure planning teams.

Practice head(s):

Robert Smith; Allison Page; Natasha Luther-Jones

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Highways England

Department for Transport

Tyne & Wear PTE (Nexus)

Gazprom Energoholding

Hitachi Rail Europe,

Birmingham City Council

Nord/LB

Mitsubishi UFG Financial Group (MUFG) also known as BTMU

Falck Renewables

Henry Boot Developments

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

With a strong track record handling cross-border corporate restructuring, refinancing and insolvency issues, DLA Piper UK LLP has outstanding expertise advising clients from a wide range of sectors, including automotive, retail, construction and manufacturing, as well as lenders, investors and insolvency practitioners. Led by 'very good lawyer' Huw Dolphin, the team also features real estate sector specialist John Jeffreys and Charlotte Duce, who focuses on non-contentious transactional matters.

Practice head(s):

Huw Dolphin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Technical excellence, pragmatism and commercial approach.’

‘The team is very reactive and their approach to transactions and general advice complements our needs perfectly.’

‘John Jeffreys is a technically excellent lawyer who delivers outstanding customer service.’

‘Huw Dolphin is always supportive and uses his experience to provide great advice.’

‘John Jeffreys is always accessible and takes a very pragmatic approach. He is technically strong and able to communicate complex matters in a clear manner.’

‘Huw Dolphin is very responsive, attentive and keen to find a resolution.’

‘Great team spirit, friendly and approachable and easy to engage.’

‘Huw Dolphin and John Jeffreys have a great rapport – they are both strong technically and very commercially minded.’

‘Charlotte Duce is very capable – she is highly valued as an adviser to me on all legal matters.’

‘Tom Swain is strong organisationally and maintains the pace on all projects.’

‘John Jeffreys’ knowledge and commercial application is excellent.’

‘A national practice, but with a Birmingham office, offers the added value of lower costs combined with an excellent team of solicitors who provide the desired results.’

‘John Jeffreys provides excellent service  – he is readily contactable and proactive in finding solutions and anticipating road blocks. He is an expert in his field, with wide knowledge in other areas too; a thorough professional but friendly and very approachable.’

Key clients

Deloitte

HSBC

PWC

Lloyds Banking Group

Grant Thornton

Boparan Private Office

Ernst & Young

Colliers International

EWS

Solai Holdings Limited

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Robert Russell

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Roberts; Bethan Moore; Rob Lyons

Testimonials

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

Robert Russell is very able and very experienced

Christopher Roberts is excellent

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

It has an exceptionally high standard of staff and output

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

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

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

 

Key clients

BDO

Calumet International

Deloitte

Endless LLP

Hobs Reprographics

PwC

Sandton Capital Partners

Shawbrook

Solutus Advisors

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP regularly handles complex, high-profile matters for financially distressed companies including accelerated M&A work, corporate rescues and pre-pack administrations. On the contentious side, the group acts for insolvency practitioners. The 'methodical and super-efficient' Richard Obank heads up the group in Leeds while Duncan Mosley 'leads the Sheffield team with gravitas'. Colin Ashford is the key name for contentious work while Mark Jackson and Barney Smedley focus on restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Richard Obank; Duncan Mosley

Testimonials

The team at DLA Piper is easily one of the key names to go to in the region for the best restructuring advice‘.

Clients receive great support from the whole team, which is always available no matter the time of day. It includes genuinely caring and exceptionally knowledgeable people who are there to look after their clients‘.

For clients to have the backing of a global firm but for the specialist team to be based in the region is an amazing combination. The local team offers a breadth and depth of insolvency experience, which is second to none‘.

Richard Obank is methodical and super-efficient. He will cut to the chase and provide the very best advice. He is a fantastic partner who is always available and supportive‘.

Colin Ashford is a great guy who really puts in 110% effort to ensure clients have the best advice. He is always available and always supportive, sensible and extremely knowledgeable and professional – easily one of the very best‘.

Duncan Mosley brings many years of experience to bear and leads the team with gravitas, but know when to let his colleagues get on with the work‘.

Key clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Deloitte

Duff & Phelps

BDO

Lloyds Banking Group

Sun European Partners

HSBC

RBS

Bank of Ireland

Nisa Retail

Intellectual property Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP's Yorkshire-based intellectual property practice has capabilities in contentious and non-contentious matters including licensing transactions, patent and trade mark litigation, pan-European anti-counterfeiting seizures and actions, and the coordination of international disputes. It is instructed by a range of clients from household-name brands to medical diagnostics companies. The group is jointly led by the 'efficientLeigh Martin and Richard Taylor from Leeds and Sheffield respectively; Martin focuses on trade mark and design strategy while Taylor handles a range of IP transactions and disputes. Legal director Rebecca Piper also has a broad practice which includes handling litigation and advising on IP issues arising out of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Leigh Martin; Richard Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

DLA Piper UK LLP‘s IP team in Leeds is of the highest quality, and provides as good a service as you will get from any London group of IP practitioners.

The Yorkshire intellectual property team at DLA Piper UK LLP is commercially aware and fights hard for the commercial interests of its clients.

Leigh Martin is a very effective operator who always has the commercial goals of his clients in mind. He is always on top of the factual, commercial and legal issues facing his clients.’

Leeds-based Aaron Treble is an experienced and talented senior associate who carries the client’s needs forward in an expert and efficient manner.

Key clients

GE Healthcare

Spin Master

ICNARC

Heineken

The University of Sheffield

Portakabin

Ardagh

National Churches Trust

Solvay

Republic Technologies International

Victoria Plum

Downing Construction

IT and telecoms Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP's intellectual property and technology team stands out for its expertise advising government and wider public sector clients and private sector companies on digital transformation projects. The Yorkshire-based group, which spans the firm's Sheffield and Leeds offices, has particular experience across a range of sectors and counts airlines, retailers and financial institutions among its clients. Simon Kenyon and Mark Vipan, who specialise in technology disputes and public sector IT projects respectively, head up the team from Leeds, while outsourcing specialist Amanda Pilkington and litigator Richard Norman jointly lead the team in Sheffield. Other names of note include Leeds-based cyber and data privacy partner Andrew Dyson and James Watson  in Sheffield, who focuses on IT and telecoms disputes.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Pilkington; Simon Kenyon; Richard Norman; Mark Vipan

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Dyson; James Watson

Testimonials

DLA Piper UK LLP‘s IT team is seamless, pragmatic and a real value add.

Mark Vipan is a great lawyer and stands out in the market.

Mark Vipan knows the market inside out.

Simon Kenyon and Andrew Dyson are both pragmatic, efficient and easy to deal with.

Key clients

CommVault Systems International BV

ProAct IT Group AB

HID Global

Reckitt Benckiser

William Hill

NHS Digital

Telenor

Allegro Developments GmbH

Asda

Department for Work and Pensions

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

IT and telecoms Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

John McKinlay; Sarah Bell

Other key lawyers:

Peter Brook; Lee Brierley; Paddy Dwyer; Luke Stubbs; David Booth; Stephen Wright

Testimonials

‘A really effective and very strong TMT team.’

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

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

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

Key clients

Beaconsfield Footwear Ltd / Hotter

Biffa Group Limited

Cabinet Office

Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

EVBox

Globe Union

HCL Technologies

Key Retirement Group Limited

Merseytravel

Mitrefinch Limited

Mobysoft Limited

NCC Group

Next

Saudi Telecom Company

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

The Hut Group (THG)

Transport for the North

Verna Group International

Local government Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Liam Cowell; Sarah Bell

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Stewart; Peter Brook; Ben Miller; Gemma Cowap; Paddy Dwyer

Testimonials

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

 

Key clients

Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council

Cumbria County Council

Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority

Halton Borough Council / Mersey Gateway Crossing Board

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Liverpool Vision

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

Transport for Greater Manchester

 

 

Pensions Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Ben Miller

Other key lawyers:

Claire Bell; Jeremy Harris; Gary Davies; Kate Beech; Angela Stokes

Testimonials

Strong technical pensions knowledge delivered in easy to follow language.

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

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

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

Key clients

Trustee of the Universities Superannuation Scheme

Trustee of the Royal Insurance Group Pension Scheme

Trustee of the VINCI Pension Scheme

Trustee of the Jacob’s Bakery Retirement Benefit Scheme

Trustee of the Trinity Retirement Benefit Scheme

Trustee of the Medical Research Council Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Warburtons Pension and Life Assurance Plan

Trustees of the Navigator Terminals UK Pension and Life Assurance Plan

Trustee of the Svitzer Marine Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Horserace Totalisator Board (1968) Pension Scheme

Planning Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP's planning team sits within the firm's international real estate practice and handles both regional and national matters. The Yorkshire team focuses on major infrastructure projects, regeneration projects, energy matters and funding issues. Group head Andrew Batterton leads the development and infrastructure planning teams across Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool, and senior associate Claire Stoneman assists with development planning, compulsory purchase work and energy and infrastructure issues.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Batterton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

DLA Piper has a strong grasp of what makes commercial sense for the client. It fields a team of very sound lawyers with a clear eye for the end to be achieved‘.

The team’s advice is decisive rather than looking at lots of options and leaving you as a client to decide which approach to take‘.

The practice provides first-class support and guidance during matters and has a commercially oriented and straightforward approach, making it good to work with‘.

Andrew Batterton provides excellent advice and guidance throughout. Clients feel well supported and confident that he is representing their best interests. His experience, knowledge and contribution to matters are essential in any process‘.

Andrew Batterton is thorough, personable, works hard for his clients and is very commercially oriented‘.

Key clients

York Central Partnership

Highways England

Nexus

Sheffield City Council and Urbo (West Bar) Limited

Prologis

National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc/ National Grid Gas Plc / Cadent Gas Limited

Inhabit

VPower

Planning Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP is well established at the top of the market for planning advice in the West Midlands, providing 'innovative solutions' on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including regeneration projects, residential and commercial developments, compulsory purchase compensation and contentious planning permissions. The impressive client base includes major developers, prominent clients in the public sector and investors. Practice head Trevor Ivory advises on a broad scope of matters, while Howard Bassford is recognised for his high-profile work in infrastructure planning, a key area of expertise for the practice; both split their time between Birmingham and London. Amy Truman, who was recently promoted to director, focuses on the residential sector.

Practice head(s):

Trevor Ivory

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The firm stands out in terms of their breadth of service and experience, providing innovative solutions’

‘Consistently strong over many years and delivers a good service to clients’

‘Trevor Ivory has huge experience, very good all-round judgement, knows the relevant law and policy very well’

‘Trevor Ivory is great to work with and really understands the issues that we are faced with’

Key clients

HS2 Limited

Department for Transport

Highways England

East West Rail Company

Mace Group

Norfolk Homes Limited

Pigeon Land Limited

Signature Senior Lifestyle

National Grid

Griffen

Eskmuir

Moto

Altrad

Land Trust

Oval Properties

Arc Data Centres

Insite Media

Ocean Outdoor Media

Cheshire West and Chester

Cheyne Capital

Investec

Football Association

Busy Bees

Revelan

Socially Conscious Capital

MLN Land and Property

Taylor Wimpey

Persimmon Homes

Hopkins Homes

LaSalle/Citygrove

Aviva

Aberdeen Standard

Government of Afghanistan

Tata Group

Aggregate Industries

Cemex

Professional negligence: claimant Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP’s professional negligence offering is primarily dedicated to banking institutions. The team, which is based in the international firm's Leeds office, handles high value claims arising out of commercial lending, both for claimant and defendant banks, building societies and other lenders. The sizeable team is well-established and counts on the experience of many widely recognised individuals, including consultant Hugh Evans and Leeds litigation and regulatory head Adam Ibrahim. The practice's other areas of expertise include conspiracy, mis-selling, companies forced into insolvency and poor consumer credit advice.

Practice head(s):

Hugh Evans; Adam Ibrahim

Other key lawyers:

David Young

Key clients

Bank of Ireland

Lloyds Banking Group

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (including NatWest)

PwC

Leeds Building Society

GE Capital

Project finance and PFI Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Andrew S. Davies

Other key lawyers:

Liam Cowell; Darren Walsh; Alison Fagan; Ben Morton; Sidrah Arif; Lorna Pattison

Testimonials

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

‘Darren Walsh has outstanding energy sector knowledge.’

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

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

‘The team has a responsive and pragmatic approach.’

Key clients

Welsh Government

Balfour Beatty Investments

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Vital Energi

Sellafield Ltd

Transport for Greater Manchester

Kelda Water Services Limited

Mersey Gateway Crossing Board

InfraRed Capital Partners

Semperian PPP Investment Partners

Dalmore Capital

Equitix

Liverpool Combined Authority – Mersey Tidal One

KEPCO

London Energy

Brookfield Asset Management

Avrenim Facilities Management

Property litigation Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP's team of property litigators in Leeds and Sheffield includes specialists in a myriad of sectors including retail, healthcare, financial services, transport and leisure. The team handles matters at both a local and national level for regional and global clients. 'Inspirational leader' Petra Billing and the 'extremely knowledgeable' John Kittle lead the teams in Sheffield and Leeds respectively; Billing has specialist knowledge of mining and minerals litigation and Kittle focuses on commercial landlord and tenant matters and portfolio management work. Senior associate Rob Shaw is also well regarded. Long-serving partner Matthew Lonergan left to join Shoosmiths LLP in mid-2018.

Practice head(s):

Petra Billing; John Kittle

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

DLA Piper has profound knowledge of its subject matter and deep specialisms, which is unusual for a firm in its location‘.

The team is very experienced and dedicated with an impressive client list. It also takes the time to get to know its clients so it understands the key drivers and internal process which impact its approach to issues‘.

Petra Billing is an inspirational leader. Her knowledge of the mines and minerals world, its law and practices is unrivalled‘.

Rob Shaw is one of the best technical landlord and tenant solicitors around‘.

John Kittle is extremely knowledgeable and has excellent judgement‘.

Petra Billing is a reliable and trusted adviser. She is always available when urgent support is needed and pulls together high-quality and concise advice on short notice‘.

Key clients

UPS

Telereal Trillium

J.D. Sports Fashion Plc

Dixons Carphone Plc

British Airways Plc

The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc

Liberty Steel

Arconic Inc.

Aggregate Industries UK Limited ( UK subsidiary of LafargeHolcim Limited)

HS2 Limited

Heineken UK Limited

Transport Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Liam Cowell

Other key lawyers:

Paul Giles; David Moss; Alan Cunningham; Lee Brierley; Sophie Stewart; Ben Morton

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Welsh Government

Transport for Greater Manchester

Mersey Gateway Crossing Board and Halton Borough Council

Network Rail

Liverpool City Council

Highways England

Transport Tier 1

The transport team at DLA Piper UK LLP is highlighted for its expertise in a broad range of public transport matters, including rail and bus service issues and road, highway and bridge projects; it is also developing a growing expertise in the aviation sector. Robert Smith, who is regularly instructed by public and private sector clients on a range of transport matters, and Petra Billing, who focuses on planning and property litigation, jointly lead the team from the Leeds and Sheffield offices respectively. The Leeds-based team also includes Allison Page, who has expertise in a range of public sector projects, head of infrastructure planning Andrew Batterton and legal director Carla Hancock, who has particular experience in rail and highway projects.

Practice head(s):

Robert Smith; Petra Billing

Key clients

Department for Transport

Merseytravel

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)

Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive (Nexus)

Highways England

HS2 Limited

Abellio Group

British Airways plc

Hitachi Rail Europe

National Air Traffic Services

Transport for Wales

Transport for the North

Construction Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Paul Giles

Key clients

United Utilities Water

Unilever

Sellafield

Bachy Soletanche

BAM Construct UK

BAM Nuttall

Severfield (UK)

Integrated Bradford LEP

General Electric/Alstom Power

Yorkshire Water

Downing Group

UPS

Semperian PPP Investment Partners

InfraRed Capital Partners

Equitix

Merlin Entertainments

Transport for Greater Manchester

Manchester City Council/Manchester Life

Cheshire West & Chester Council

Wood Group (incorporating AMEC Foster Wheeler)

Renewi UK Services (formerly Shanks Waste Management)

Balfour Beatty Investments

Dalmore Capital

Royal Mail Group

Kelda Water Services/Alauna Renewable Energy

Griffen UK Logistics Fund

Quintain Estates

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

BMM JV

BAM Infra BV

BAM International

Corporate tax Tier 2

DLA Piper UK LLP's regional practice benefits from the firm's international connections, primarily focusing on the tax aspects of corporate transactions and restructurings. 'Outstanding technical expert' Mark Burgess leads the team and is notably skilled in real estate transactions and corporate reorganisations. Also recommended is senior associate Nick Hinton, who advises on the tax aspects of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Mark Burgess

Testimonials

A combination of technical excellence, pragmatism and a genuine commercial approach.’

Mark Burgess is an outstanding technical expert whose commercial approach can be game changing, particularly for complex transactions.’

Mark Burgess is bright, efficient, pragmatic, conscientious and extremely knowledgeable. He provides timely, practical advice time and time again.’

Key clients

Aviva

AXA

Blackstone Group

Oaktree Capital

RBS

MKS Instruments, Inc

St James’s Place

Dignity plc

Unilever Pension Fund

Universities Superannuation Scheme

Corporate tax Tier 2

DLA Piper UK LLP is instructed to advise on the tax elements of regional, national and international corporate transactions. Practice head David Smith handles corporate and employment tax matters, while senior associate Richard Johnson focuses on advising clients on corporate M&A transactions and Lynda Finan specialises employee incentives.

Practice head(s):

David Smith

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

DLA Piper UK LLP‘s tax team is fantastically good at articulating complex legal texts and rules in a way that in-house non-lawyers understand. It is also incredibly responsive and has a real depth of commercial knowledge.

DLA Piper UK LLP offers tax support in acquisition processes that is absolutely invaluable.

The tax group at DLA Piper UK LLP provides clients with excellent advice and is always available at short notice.

Key clients

NCC Group plc

WYG plc

ZOO Digital Group plc

i-nexus global plc

Henry Boot plc

CVS Group plc

Tyde Group Worldwide, LP

Sytner Group Limited

Crime: general Tier 2

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

Education Tier 2

With notable experience advising further education clients, DLA Piper UK LLP also assists education policymakers, schools and private sector companies. Andrew Clarke and Richard Taylor lead the groups in Leeds and Sheffield respectively; Clarke focuses on real estate matters and Taylor has expertise in IP, technology and commercial law. Sheffield-based Roger Gough handles commercial contract work.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Clarke; Richard Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Calderdale College

Department for Business , Energy and Industrial Strategy

Department for Education

Hallam Union of Students

London Grid for Learning Limited

United Kingdom Research and Innovation

Newham College of Further Education

Park Lane College

Sheffield Grammar School

Sheffield Hallam University

South West Grid for Learning Trust Limited

Skills Funding Agency

York College

Yorkshire Coast College

University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield Union of Students

University of Central Lancashire

Intellectual property Tier 2

DLA Piper UK LLP handles contentious and non-contentious trade mark, patent and other IP work for prominent clients across a variety of sectors including food and beverage and aerospace. The team, led by Richard Taylor,  has a 'broad spectrum of expertise', with Gareth Stokes offering expertise in IP-driven contracts and senior associate Satnam Sahota attracting praise for 'fantastic insight and support'.

Practice head(s):

Richard Taylor; Gareth Stokes

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Satnam Sahota is approachable and really engaging. He always provides fantastic insight and support. Hugely impressed.’

‘DLA Piper has a broad spectrum of expertise.’

‘The individuals are very customer focused, accessible and engaging.’

Key clients

Premier League

Heineken

Spin Master (Bakugan)

Lufthansa

Domestic & General

Zurich Insurance

Kerakoll

UK Research & Innovation

National Grid

Arc Motorbikes

Intellectual property Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Lee Brierley; Peter Brook

Other key lawyers:

Jim McDonnell 

Testimonials

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

Key clients

Arvato

Belstaff

Capital&Centric

BMW

Premier League

Newell Brands

Sellafield

GE Healthcare

AO World plc

The Wheatsheaf Group

IT and telecoms Tier 2

DLA Piper UK LLP's specialist team has leading market knowledge of IT contracting issues in the financial services sector. Led by 'highly skilled, down-to-earth and results driven' practice head Gareth Stokes, the firm's clients include those from the financial, insurance and life sciences sector. Recently promoted partner Phillip Kelly worked with Stokes on a dispute arising from a global sourcing contract, while Richard Taylor has a particular sector focus in technology, life sciences and manufacturing.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Stokes

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Leading market knowledge and experience of IT contracting issues in the financial services sector, from initial outsourcing through change/amendment to disputes and termination.’

‘Gareth Stokes is excellent. Highly skilled, down-to-earth and results driven.  He works exceptionally well with both in-house lawyers and business stakeholders.’

‘The team was amazing in understanding out business very quickly and giving very professional specialized advice.’

Key clients

Allied Irish Banks

Crawford & Company

Dechra Pharmaceuticals

Dignity Funerals

FM Global

Madison Logic

Magic Leap

MS Amlin

Serco

Thomas International

Licensing Tier 2

DLA Piper UK LLP's Sheffield-based practice counts institutional clients, commercial operators, educational institutions, cinema chains, restaurants, hotels, casinos and sports stadiums as clients on a national and international level. The team handles pure licensing work while also assisting the firm's corporate due diligence department with the licensing elements of wider corporate transactions. Former regulator Teresa Hitchcock leads the group, which also includes newly promoted partner Alastair Clough.

Practice head(s):

Teresa Hitchcock

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Empire Cinemas

Sheffield Students Union

The A&S Leisure Group

Local government Tier 2

Key areas of expertise for DLA Piper UK LLP include major projects and procurement work, real estate issues, financing matters, employment law, litigation and commercial advice, which it handles across sectors including transport, regeneration, housing and waste. Practice leader Robert Smith leads the projects team and is an expert in transport and regeneration projects, Allison Page focuses on PFI and PPP transactions, Roger Gough advises on commercial arrangements, Paul Stone handles contentious work, and Andrew Batterton was recently promoted to location head of the development and infrastructure planning team.

Practice head(s):

Robert Smith

Key clients

Birmingham City Council

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive (Merseytravel)

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)

Chester City Council

Leeds City Council

Metro (West Yorkshire Combined Authority)

Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive (Nexus)

Nottingham City Council

Sheffield City Council

Bolsover District Council

Pensions Tier 2

The pensions team at DLA Piper UK LLP advises its impressive client roster, which includes a full spectrum of pension schemes, on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Andrew McIlhinney, who advises on a range of scheme governance and transactional matters, heads up the practice alongside pensions litigator David Young. Legal director Simon Evans is another name to note for non-contentious pensions advice.

Practice head(s):

Andrew McIlhinney; David Young

Other key lawyers:

Simon Evans; Hannah Watson; Claire Goodby

Testimonials

Andrew McIlhinney is always accessible, makes himself available at extremely short notice and most importantly is hugely experienced and knowledgeable.

DLA Piper UK LLP‘s pension team is unique in its professionalism coupled with pragmatism to support a balanced solution for clients.

Andrew McIlhinney is very balanced in his views and communicates excellently with clients.

Along with technical skills and knowledge, Andrew McIlhinney is a very nice man, which is a trait that is not prevalent much in business these days, but one which is hugely valuable.

Legal director Simon Evans is very pragmatic.

Key clients

Trustees of the Yorkshire Building Society Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Urenco UK Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Univar Company Pension Scheme (1978)

Trustees of the Clariant Pension Plan

Trustees of the Bibbyline Group Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Britvic (Northern Ireland) Pension Plan

Trustees of the North of England Zoological Society Superannuation Fund Scheme

Trustees of the Cerestar Pension Plan (Cargill Group)

Lloyds Banking Group (Self Invested Pensions Portfolio)

Leeds Building Society

Trustees of the Buccleuch Estates Pension Scheme

RR Donelley

Arconic Manufacturing (GB) Limited

Arch Chemicals Limited

Marriott Hotels

Trustees of the Heerema Retirement Benefits Scheme

Link Market Services Limited

Property litigation Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Martin Griffiths; Mark Beardwood (real estate team head)

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

The team is very commercial

Martin Griffiths provides consistently good and balanced advice

Rachael Jones is extremely good, knowledgeable and efficient

Key clients

Barclays Bank

Liverpool Football Club

Picton

Universities Superannuation Scheme

USF Nominees Limited (Unilever’s Pension Fund)

Heineken

Pilkington

Akzo Nobel (Dulux)

FI Real Estate Management

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 3

At DLA Piper UK LLP, the 'excellent' Monique Sutherland handles development, regeneration and infrastructure matters spanning a wide range of sectors including energy, manufacturing and retail. The team also regularly assists corporate occupiers with leasing and relocations and advises investors on large-scale portfolio transactions and restructuring, as well as handling land purchase and commercial deals for developers.

Practice head(s):

Monique Sutherland

Other key lawyers:

Roger Collier; Fiona Thomson

Testimonials

‘An efficient team which finds solutions to problems and explain options well.’

‘Roger Collier has vast experience and drives the team to achieve results. He makes the process of buying or selling very smooth and efficient. Deadlines are always agreed and achieved, no matter how challenging.’

Key clients

National Grid

GVA

Busy Bees Holdings Limited

UPS Limited

Oval Real Estate Limited

The Land Restoration Trust

Revelan Group Limited

Dignity Funerals Limited

Travelodge Hotels Limited

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council

Avison Young

Genting

Aston University

Aggregate Industries UK Limited

Willis Towers Watson

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Mark Beardwood

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Transport for Greater Manchester

HS2/Secretary of State for Transport

Barings Real Estate Advisors

Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Capital & Centric

Balfour Beatty Investments

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

CBRE Global Investors

Houghton Regis Development Consortium

FI: Real Estate

Solutus Advisors

Beaufort Capital

Maslow Capital

The Soller Group

Planning and environment Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Andrew Batterton (Leeds)

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

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

Key clients

Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds

Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council

Liverpool City Council

Highways England

HS2

Mersey Gateway Crossings Board Limited and Halton Council

Sefton Borough Council

Cadent Gas/National Grid Electricity Transmission

Elan Homes

Downing Developments

East West Railway Company

Heineken

Vietnam > Foreign desks Tier 2

The 'strong and client-focused' Vietnam team at DLA Piper, which is led by Lance Miller in Tokyo, handles a wide array of sector strengths in financial services, commodities and advisory work related to manufacturing. Joe Bauerschmidt in Singapore advises large clients from the region on corporate matters, and in Seoul the team has been strengthened by the recruitment of debt capital markets expert Philip Lee from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Practice head(s):

Lance Miller

Other key lawyers:

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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Banking and finance

DLA Piper advises some of the largest financial services companies and institutions on both their day-to-day operations and wider strategic objectives. Uncertain economies demand legal strategies that address regulatory and enforcement risks and the costs of compliance.

We help our clients contend with legal issues in banking – including restructurings, regulatory demands and the compliance costs that have come with reform.

DLA Piper has the worldwide resources to represent clients in large banking and commercial transactions, as well as to meet their needs in regulatory, public policy and enforcement areas. Our lawyers are located in all major capital markets and in the regulatory centers of Washington, DC and Brussels. We also advise clients on banking legal issues in higher risk and growth markets.

Our clients include asset managers, building societies, capital markets and their participants, investment banks, national regulators, private banks, private equity firms, professional services organizations engaged principally in financial services and retail banks. In addition, we regularly work with retail intermediaries on the legal issues involved in the selling of financial services to consumers.

Key contacts

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What to expect in 2021?

The Financial Services Regulatory Initiatives Forum (the Forum) launched earlier this year. It is intended to improve and assist regulatory co-ordination as well as giving firms a clearer picture of the horizon for significant regulatory initiatives.

The recent High Court judgment in Towergate Financial (Group) Ltd and other companies v Hopkinson and others (2020) has served as a very stark reminder of potential pitfalls relating to notification of claims in respect of warranties and indemnities contained in share purchase agreements.

DLA Piper is proud to announce that 67 lawyers have been promoted to its partnership. The promotions are effective as of April 1, 2020 in the United States and May 1, 2020 for EMEA and Asia Pacific. The promotions have been made across many of the firm’s practice areas in 35 different offices throughout 13 countries.

Across the firm’s practices globally, Corporate saw the largest intake of new partners with 19 promotions, followed by Litigation and Regulatory with 15. Intellectual Property and Technology and Finance and Projects had ten and eight promotions respectively, while there were six in Real Estate. Tax and Employment both had four, and there was one in Restructuring.

Awards and recognition

Recognised by The Legal 500 UK 2020 as a top tier firm for practice areas:

Banking and finance

Brand management

Corporate and M&A

 


DLA Piper earns 12th consecutive perfect score on Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index

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The Lex 100 Verdict

DLA Piper's expansive 'international office network' gives it an inescapable 'global footprint', which excites trainees. The firm offers training contracts across England, as well as in Edinburgh, and several recruits voiced their appreciation for the opportunity to 'work in a regional office and still undertake market-leading international work'. Client and international secondment opportunities were also a big draw, with the latter earning DLA Piper a Lex 100 Winner medal. One reality of the overseas placements is that regional and London remuneration is not matched, so that two trainees on the same secondment can be paid different salaries. Nevertheless, respondents in offices outside of London do feel that 'the pay is generally better than at other firms, although the hours are longer'. Despite being very large, DLA maintains a 'nice, inclusive feel where you can speak to anyone'. Encouragingly 'employees are treated well; the firm wants its lawyers to be happy and comfortable'. Clients are 'high-profile' and 'exciting' and the new London office – which 'grows micro herbs in the canteen' – also deserves a special mention! Complaints tended to centre on the 'unpredictability of the hours', which can be 'lengthy', occasionally requiring trainees to 'work a 22-hour day' or 'until the early hours to meet deadlines'. But work highlights such as 'going on secondment to a renowned drinks manufacturer', 'assisting with work for the Afghanistan embassy' and 'delivering good news to a pro bono client' (on which we were told 'there is a big focus in the firm') were impressive. If you're looking for a firm which has a 'regional as well as a global presence', which is 'inclusive, exciting, challenging and fun', DLA Piper might well be the place for you.