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Nabarro LLP

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Nabarro LLP - London
  • Lacon House
  • 84 Theobald's Road
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • WC1X 8RW
  • Senior Partner Graham Stedman
  • Managing Partner Andrew Inkester 

THE FIRM Nabarro is a leading commercial law firm renowned for its clear, business-focused approach to meeting clients’ most critical, complex legal needs.With its extensive knowledge of a range of industry sectors, the firm is a trusted adviser to major businesses and organisations in the UK and internationally. Nabarro is an energetic partnership with over 400 fee-earners, offering a broad range of legal services to major national and international clients. The firm’s headquarters are in central London, with offices in Brussels, Sheffield and Singapore. The firm draws on an active European Alliance and longstanding relationships with a network of selected firms worldwide for its cross-border work. Clients range from FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies to private, fast growth businesses and the public sector.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK The firm’s core business areas are corporate/commercial, real estate, dispute resolution and projects (incorporating energy/construction/public sector), all of which are supported by a range of specialist practice areas (see opposite).
Corporate/Commercial: The department deals with mergers and acquisitions, flotations, fundraisings, venture capital, management buyouts and buy-ins, funds and indirect investment, EU competition law, financial services regulation, intellectual property, tax, healthcare and environment. The firm is also a leader in banking and finance transactions for domestic and international banks and other major financial institutions.
Real Estate: Nabarro has one of the UK’s largest and most active commercial property departments handling some of the most complex and technically demanding commercial and legal challenges in the industry. The group is complemented by leading real estate funds, planning, construction, environment, finance, tax and property litigation teams, advising developers, owners and investors, as well as corporate occupiers.With its major UK and international clients, the award-winning group is at the forefront of key developments in the sector.
Dispute Resolution: Nabarro has a range of skilled, specialist dispute resolution teams, including corporate, tax, financial services, property, competition, pensions, IP and IT, employment, insolvency, asset raising, environment, medical, health and safety, defamation and construction, all delivering first-class, commercial advice to clients in all areas of dispute resolution. The dispute resolution department provides the expertise and critical mass to handle complex, high value, domestic and multi-jurisdictional disputes, including cross-border insolvencies, international project arbitration and financial service litigation arising out of the credit crisis.
Projects: The projects group brings together specialists in infrastructure, construction, engineering, energy (including renewables), transport, housing, waste, health, education and public sector. The firm has a strong reputation in PPP and PFI, having successfully completed a large number of projects of this type both in the UK and abroad.
Other Areas: The firm has extensive expertise and experience in key sectors (see opposite) including, financial services, healthcare, infrastructure, manufacturing, real estate, technology and life sciences, as well as specialist practice areas such as competition, ECM, employment, environment, intellectual property, pensions and PPP/PFI.

INTERNATIONAL Nabarro has an office in Brussels and in Singapore. In Europe it has an alliance with August & Debouzy in France, GSK Stockmann & Kollegen in Germany,Nunziante Magrone in Italy and Roca Junyent in Spain. It also has well-established relationships with leading law firms in Europe,Asia, the USA and other regions around the world.

    Contacts
  • Arbitration Jonathan Warne
  • Banking & Finance Clive Swillman
  • Brand Guy Heath
  • Commercial Contracts Ben Hendry
  • Construction & Engineering Terry Fleet
  • Corporate (private equity/venture capital) Andrew Inkester
  • Corporate (public companies/AIM) Iain Newman
  • Data Protection Belinda Doshi
  • Defence Andrew Inkester
  • Dispute Resolution Jonathan Warne
  • Education Caroline Newsholme
  • Emerging Markets Glyn Taylor
  • Employment Richard Brown
  • Energy/Climate Change Tom Bainbridge
  • Environment Clare Deanesly
  • EU, 
  • Fast Growth/Entrepreneurs Graham Stedman
  • Financial Services Alasdair Steele
  • Financial Services Regulatory Adrian Brown
  • Gaming, Hotels & Leisure Graham Stedman
  • Government & Public Sector Stephen Matthew
  • Health & Safety Lukas Rootman
  • Healthcare Warren Taylor, Stephanie McDonald
  • Hedge Funds Andrew Wylie
  • Indirect Investments & Real Estate Funds Amanda Howard
  • Infrastructure Stephen Matthew
  • Intellectual Property Guy Heath
  • International Patricia Godfrey
  • Life Sciences Guy Heath
  • Manufacturing Martin McKervey
  • Natural Resources Niall Logan
  • Pensions Jennifer Bell
  • Planning Martin Evans
  • Projects Stephen Matthew
  • Real Estate Ciaran Carvalho
  • Real Estate Litigation Jennifer Rickard
  • Regulatory Cyrus Mehta
  • Restructuring & Insolvency Patricia Godfrey
  • Retail Andrew Banton
  • Tax Graham Muir
  • Technology Belinda Doshi
  • Waste James Snape

Branches

  • Lacon House,
  • 84 Theobald's Road,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • WC1X 8RW
  • Tel (020) 7524 6000
  • Fax (020) 7524 6524
  • DX 77 London Chancery Lane WC2
  • Email : info@nabarro.com
  • Website : www.nabarro.com
  • 1 South Quay,
  • Victoria Quays,
  • Wharf Street,
  • Sheffield,
  • South Yorkshire
  • UK
  • S2 5SY
  • Tel (01142) 794000
  • Fax (01142) 786123
  • DX 712550 Sheffield 20
  • Email : info@nabarro.com

Competition/European Law - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Widely experienced, with the ability to advise clients on the full range of competition matters. Particularly adept at handling cases affecting the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. 

Work highlights Advising HCA International on the Competition Commission's investigation into the private healthcare sector.

Provided competition advice to Brookfield Infrastructure Partners in its acquisition of Inexus.

Notable practitioners 

Head of group Cyrus Mehta earns significant praise from sources for his down-to-earth style and excellent legal skills. Sources also highlight him as a lawyer capable of achieving great results for his clients.

Brian Sher is highlighted as a valued adviser on competition law. One source notes that "he is very good at walking clients through the maze and helping find practical solutions to problems."

Significant clients GlaxoSmithKline, Mercedes-Benz/Daimler, Molson Coors, Carbon Trust, Thomson Reuters.

Corporate/M&A - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 28 other lawyers

What the team is known for Strong in advising clients on mid-market takeover situations. Highly active in the real estate and healthcare sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "They are highly responsive; it doesn't matter what time of the day or night it is, you will get your question answered."

Client service: "It is a very good service and they are a pleasure to work with."

Industry knowledge: "The firm is very good - they are highly knowledgeable and experienced."

What's new? New clients and panel wins include Fixnetix, Insurance Dialogue, Larsen & Toubro, The Investment Dar and Sovereign Capital.

Work highlights Represented Sportingbet in a recommended offer by William Hill and GCV.

Represented OTwelve Estates in a £34 million recommended offer from Westbrook Partners Fund.

Advised Care UK on its £48 million acquisition of Harmoni.

Notable practitioners  

Iain Newman is praised by sources for his excellent technical skills. He recently represented long-standing client WSP in a recommended merger with GENIVAR.

Graham Stedman advised London & Stamford on its £209 million recommended acquisition of Metric Property Investments. He is senior partner at the firm.

Warren Taylor is described by sources as a "good, effective practitioner" who is "highly commercial and sensible." He advised Health Care REIT on the acquisition of Sunrise Senior Living and on the acquisition of two separate portfolios of five residential care homes.

Significant clients Primary Health Properties, Quintain Estates and Development, Enteq Upstream, Rugby Estates, Care UK.

Environment - London (Firms)

What the team is known for Represents clients from heavy industry and the energy sector in regulatory and non-contentious environmental matters.

What's new? New clients include RDS Asbestos Management Consultants.

Work highlights Advised UK Coal Investments on the transfer of water permits.

Notable practitioners  

Clare Deanesly is the firm's key London partner, and was involved in the environment team's work on the restructuring of UK Coal. She is well known in the market, with sources highlighting that "she has a reputation for waste-related work."

Significant clients Biffa, Land Securities, Brenntag, Celtic Energy, Veolia.

Information Technology - London (Firms)

What the team is known for Handles a wide variety of technology, outsourcing and data protection issues, acting for clients across a range of industry sectors, with a strong focus on financial service institutions.

Notable practitioners

Belinda Doshi is a key contact. 

Intellectual Property - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Has a solid reputation for brand protection work, particularly for clothing and technology clients. Acted in the first piece of trade mark litigation to reach the Supreme Court.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They are commercial and balanced, and have the ability to figure out what the client wants and guide them to the right solution."

Clarity: "I am always impressed that the advice is presented as clearly and succinctly as possible."

Work highlights Successfully acted for Oracle in a Supreme Court trade mark case concerning parallel imports.

Provides comprehensive IP advice to University of the Arts, London.

Notable practitioners  

Head of practice Guy Heath is a "technically meticulous and diligent" practitioner who "is very smart and has great expertise." He primarily handles trade mark work.

Senior associate David Parrish is highlighted by sources as a highly rated up-and-comer. He concentrates his practice on brand protection matters.

Significant clients Levi Strauss, Samsonite, Twitter, Diesel, Kettle Foods.

Litigation - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department 
- 30 partners
- 115 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Retains a well regarded bench of litigators, adept in large-scale, international disputes, particularly those in the financial services sector. Increasing volume of work generated by group actions and funds. 

Work highlights Acted for Nicholas Gilodi-Johnson, the former managing director of the collapsed Christmas hamper business Farepak Food & Gifts, on director disqualification proceedings.

Successfully represented Oracle in its Supreme Court Appeal in the parallel imports case against M-Tech Data.

Notable practitioners

The "able and tenacious" Jonathan Warne lately acted on director disqualification proceedings for client Nicholas Gilodi-Johnson. He heads the dispute resolution team.  

Tom Dane is lauded as a "very accomplished" practitioner by one source, who notes that he "provided a lot of support" and really "knew his stuff."

Lee Gluyas recently joined the firm from DLA Piper LLP. He is praised as being "considered in his thinking" and "thorough." His remit is technology-related disputes and he regularly acts for telecoms providers, banks and software houses.

Significant clients Nationwide Building Society, Biffa Waste Services, United Biscuits UK, Mercedes-Benz, IBM Pension Trusts.

Pensions - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department

- 4 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Long-established standalone pensions practice. Assists clients with matters ranging from pension fund investment issues to public sector outsourcing. Noted for its impressive pensions litigation offering.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Expertise: "Nabarro has been of great assistance on the negotiation side."  

Technical ability: "Good judgement and drafting."  

Commercial awareness: "Members are very pragmatic." 

What's new? Won significant new client BAE Systems 2000 Plan trustee.

Work highlights Assisted Care UK with its £48 million acquisition of Harmoni, and with Harmoni's participation in the NHS Pension Scheme and the Federated Pension Plan.

Advised the trustee of Atos Pension Schemes on a bulk transfer agreement between Siemens/Atos and the trustee, and negotiated a number of investment management and fund agreements to deal with the assets received from Siemens.

Notable practitioners  

Market sources praise Anne-Marie Winton for her talents in commercial pensions negotiations and in handling the pensions aspects of large transactions. One impressed client states: "Her negotiation skills and people skills are second to none."

Ian Greenstreet recently advised the trustees of the Legal Services Commission Pension Schemes on a reverse privatisation in which the assets and liabilities of the Legal Services Commission's two pension schemes were transferred back into the Ministry of Justice. 

Jennifer Bell acts for both employers and trustees on issues such as scheme restructurings, liability management, funding and scheme mergers. She also advises on pensions litigation.

Kate Richards is noted for her "strong analytical skills," "attention to detail" and "quality of judgement." Clients include Atos Pension Schemes and BAE Systems 2000 Plan. 

Significant clients Atos trustee, IBM United Kingdom Pensions Trust, UK Coal, Bupa Pension Scheme Trustee, BAE Systems 2000 Pension Plan Trustees.

Planning - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Expertly handles urban regeneration projects. Supported by the firm's significant real estate practice.

Work highlights Advised Google on the development of its new UK headquarters at a site purchased at Argent's King's Cross estate.

Acted for Saxon Land on planning aspects of the £420 million mixed use redevelopment of 120 Fenchurch Street.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Martin Evans has recently advised Telereal Trillium on a planning appeal lodged against Fylde Borough Council's decision to refuse an application for a major mixed-use scheme at Heyhouses Lane, Lytham St Annes.

The "excellent" Joshua Risso-Gill led on the negotiation of the Section 106 agreement for the redevelopment of 120 Fenchurch Street. According to sources, Risso-Gill is rapidly making a name for himself in this line of work.

Significant clients Hammerson, Land Securities, Ballymore Properties, Heathrow Hub, Long Port Group.

Real Estate Finance - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
-6 partners
-13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A firm of choice for borrower and lender clients involved in high-value, technical transactions. Offers expert advice on new debt, debt restructuring and Islamic finance. 

Work highlights Advised borrower client Plaza Global Real Estate Partners on the £106 million acquisition refinancing of a prime London real estate asset, 23 Savile Row.

Advised Santander, as the lender, on the acquisition financing for a portfolio of industrial properties located across the UK.

Notable practitioners  

"Very professional and commercial," Clive Swillman continues to impress in this field. He acted for VALAD Fund Management on a EUR500 million refinancing. 

Significant clients Longbow Partners, The UNITE Group, Brockton Capital, GE Europe, Frogmore Real Estate Partners. 

Real Estate Litigation - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles high-end litigation for commercial clients. Acts for developers on a range of matters, specialising in rights of light, as well as issues arising from tenant insolvency. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They are very much at the forefront of this market. They have quality people from top to bottom and provide such a high level of service."

Work highlights Acted for Saatchi & Saatchi as occupiers on a proposed redevelopment of the company's headquarters.

Successfully defended a proposed development by Britel Fund Trustees against a rights of light claim brought by City Plaza Shares in a law-clarifying case.

Notable practitioners 

Department head Jennifer Rickard is celebrated by peers as being "a star," "very experienced" and "top-quality." As well as acting for Saatchi & Saatchi as tenants, she has advised on a major retail development and acts on complex commercial development disputes.

Julie Gattegno is praised by sources as "impressive," with one lawyer from a competing firm adding: "If Julie's on the other side I have to be careful." She acts in high-value dilapidation claims and recently successfully brought an interim injunction at short notice to delay the contested sale of a high-value property.

Nick Lloyd is noted as "a guru" and "a leading light" on rights of light matters. He successfully defended Britel Fund Trustees in a high-value rights of light claim in a complex case which clarified key points of the law.

New partner Nick Wood assists with tenant insolvency and development work, and is commended by one source as "a real star of the future, very commercial and personable."

Significant clients Great Portland Estates, Hammerson, Land Securities, SEGRO, Saatchi & Saatchi.

Real Estate - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 36 partners
- 102 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A sizeable real estate team offering expertise in development, structured real estate, domestic and international investment and the retail sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Nabarro was exceptional in all respects: client coverage, demeanour and service, legal advice and expertise."

Efficiency: "The work was done efficiently and in a timely manner."

Market standing: "A good, strong practice and very focused on real estate. No question about the quality there."

What's new? Stratford City Business District, joint venture between Lend Lease and London & Continental Railways, is a new client.

Reappointed to both Hermes' and Land Securities' panels.

Work highlights Acted on the £282 million sale of The Tower Unit Trust, the Jersey unit trust holding Tower 42, for BlackRock, LaSalle and Hermes.

Acted on Hammerson's £136 million acquisition of The Victoria Quarter in Leeds, a luxury retail development.

Notable practitioners  

Deborah Parry has a broad practice with a focus on inward investment, particularly for German fund clients. Clients include KanAm Grund Kapitalanlagegesellschaft.

Head of the real estate department Ciaran Carvalho represents developers, investors and joint ventures. Clients comment that he is "excellent: considerate, tough when he needs to be and well versed in all aspects of the deal."

Simon Staite specialises in development and development funds. Recent work includes acting for CPPIB and Hammerson in a joint venture on the £200 million sale of the unit trust holding 10 Gresham Street.

Kevin Stimpson acts on real estate matters for developers and international investors. He recently advised Plaza Global Real Estate Partners, a joint venture between Quantum Global and LaSalle Investment Management, on the £220 million acquisition of Sarrow Holdings, which owns 23 Savile Row.

Rob Raimes specialises in shopping centre property work, as well as representing property companies and inward investment clients. Clients include Quintain Estates and Westfield Group.

Peers say Amanda Howard is "outstanding" and "first-rate." She specialises in funds and structured real estate transactions. Recent work includes advising London & Stamford on the sale of its 50% stake in the Meadowhall shopping centre.

Significant clients Land Securities, SEGRO, Great Portland Estates, Threadneedle, Grosvenor Investments.

Restructuring/Insolvency - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department

- 6 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handling cross-border transactions with a strong presence in the European market. Regularly represents insolvency practitioners in a broad range of contentious and non-contentious transactions. First-rate expertise in the real estate sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "The team are first-class in responding to the needs of administration and insolvency cases, and they have excellent attention to detail."

Clarity: "They give clear advice, do not include unnecessary technicalities but are very focused, so it is easier for us to make the right decision."

What's new? Allied Irish Bank and Iberotravel are amongst recent new client wins.

Work highlights Advised Mastelle Hotel Group on its acquisition of St John Chinatown out of administration.

Represented UK Coal during its large-scale restructuring which involved splitting the company into two separate arms. 

Notable practitioners 

Patricia Godfrey is singled out for "her ability to draw everything together, bringing disparate bits of advice and complications together to give clear recommendations." She regularly acts for liquidators and insolvency practitioners in cross-border matters.

Sources say Glen Flannery is "very knowledgeable and commercial." Clients value his ability to "provide good, thoughtful advice that considers the bigger picture but understands all the detail as well." 

Significant clients Petroplus Marketing, KPMG, PwC, GE Capital, Bank of Ireland.

Tax - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises clients on the tax aspects of a range of corporate transactions, with particularly strong expertise in property tax matters. Houses a notable indirect tax practice, which includes specialisms in VAT and indirect tax in the context of property transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "The work was done efficiently and in a very timely manner."

Work highlights Provided tax assistance to London & Stamford and Abu Dhabi Investment Council in their disposal of interests in the Meadowhall (shopping) Centre to Norges Bank Investment Management for £1.5bn, complicated by London & Stamford having become a REIT.

Advised Care UK on its acquisition of the GP out-of-hours provider Harmoni, which involved issues specific to the health sector and regarding the employment status of medical professionals.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Michael Cant was the lead partner in the firm's recent work for London & Stamford and Abu Dhabi Investment Council. He is particularly noted for his indirect tax practice, which includes notable VAT expertise.

Significant clients Land Securities, Unite, Aviva, Grosvenor Fund Management, Hammerson.

Environment - The North

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Sheffield

What the team is known for Advises clients from sectors such as mining, waste and energy on a variety of contentious and non-contentious environmental matters. Also defends clients facing regulatory enforcement actions.   

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The approach is always one of understanding our business first and then determining how to best deal with issues."

Efficiency: "Knowledgeable, and diligent in turning around projects."

Work highlights Advised Coalfield Resources on the restructuring of the UK Coal Group. 

Advised the Grosvenor Group on environmental aspects of the £280 million sale of a shopping centre in Basingstoke.

Notable practitioners 

Lukas Rootman heads the Sheffield environment team and advises clients on the full spectrum of regulatory, contentious and non-contentious environmental matters. Sources say: "He is strong, direct and very approachable."

Rebecca Roffe is particularly noted by sources for her work related to waste licensing and water industry regulation. Interviewees say: "She has the law at her fingertips; she is a specialist and a good one." 

Significant clients Biffa, Land Securities, Veolia, Brenntag, Celtic Energy.

Capital Markets - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 10 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers 
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Maintains a diverse practice acting for companies operating in a range of industries, from technology and online gaming to insurance and renewable energy. Also offers significant international expertise, advising on matters in Europe, China and North America.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Partner involvement: "They're very responsive, you get good input from senior people, and it's not just good legal advice: they give good practical advice as well."

What's new? The firm attracted new clients including Grainger, John Laing Infrastructure Group and Randall & Quilter.

Work highlights Acted on behalf of natural stone extraction company Fox Marble Holdings in relation to its listing on AIM. The placing raised £9.65 million, some of which was used to purchase a processing plant.

Assisted Andes Energia with the separation of its exploration and production business from its electricity business. The demerger involved a court approved reduction of capital.

Notable practitioners  

Iain Newman led the team on the Fox Marble Holdings matter. Interviewees comment that "he's very good; he knows law, business, commerce and gives good sound advice," also adding that "he's very cool and level-headed in pressure situations."

Glyn Taylor is described by sources as "hard-working, proactive and commercial." Of late he advised Andes Energia on the demerger of two businesses.

Alasdair Steele is "a very technical lawyer, very accurate in his work and very precise" according to commentators.

Significant clients finnCap, Eurovestech, Corac, Canaccord, Enteq Upstream.

Clinical Negligence - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations recommended: London, Sheffield

What the team is known for Close relationship with the MDU and Dental Defence Union with respect to a range of high-value, complex and sensitive clinical negligence claims, alongside work for insurers and individual medics.

What's new? Carl Dray recently joined the clinical negligence team as a partner, having previously worked for the firm on coal industry liabilities and industrial disease matters.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Christopher Horsefield is valued as a "tough and fair advocate" in negotiating clinical negligence cases. He is the team's most prominent figure in the market and has led numerous high-value defences recently, in areas such as surgical negligence and death resulting from delayed diagnosis of disease.

Significant clients MDU, Marketform, Libra.

Construction - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for A growing team that acts on major construction projects and disputes. It receives an increasing number of instructions on international arbitrations, and has particular expertise in infrastructure and energy, including renewable energy.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Good in respect of client service, quality of advice and knowledge of the sector."  

What's new? New clients include WT Partnership, JFE Engineering and Skanska Developments.

Work highlights Acted for Google UK on the development and construction aspects related to the acquisition of its new London headquarters.

Acted for Mitsubishi Estates on the redevelopment of its River Plate House office site in London.

Notable practitioners  

"User-friendly and commercial," Terry Fleet is an expert in procurement and contractual matters for the construction industry.

Steven Williams focuses on construction-related dispute resolution. He is noted by clients for his solid advice and commercial acumen.

Significant clients Land Securities, Great Portland Estates, Brookfield Multiplex, BNP Paribas, McGee Group. 

Education - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Focuses on high-value transactions such as building new schools programmes. Also advises on academy conversions and the procurement of services.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Communication skills: "They helped with advocacy and the interpretation of complex legal issues in an accessible format." 

What's new? The firm has been appointed to advise Kent County Council on a number of academy schemes.

Work highlights Advising Westminster City Council on the Amberley Road education and housing scheme. 

Advising South East Grid for Learning on a framework agreement to provide broadband to schools.

Notable practitioners 

Stephen Matthew is a key contact in the firm's education team.

Significant clients Wandsworth Council, Cornerstone Property Assets, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Leicester City Council, Department for Education.

Energy & Natural Resources - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Expertise in mineral matters and associated property issues. Long-standing experience in coal sector and a strong reputation in the UK for mining work generally.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "Efficient prompt service at all times and excellent client attention. They've demonstrated wide knowledge and great experience in coal-related development with all its legal issues, and their knowledge of minerals planning is good."

Responsiveness: "They provide timely responses and have an excellent understanding of issues relating to minerals and property."

Notable practitioners  

One client states that Niall Logan "is an excellent mineral practitioner whom I would have no problem in instructing." Logan is picked out by Chambers sources for his long-standing experience in the UK coal industry.  

Significant clients UK Coal, Marshalls, Lafarge, Rotherham Sand & Gravel, Hanson Quarry Products.

Environment - UK-wide

What the team is known for Advises clients on issues such as emissions trading, including EU ETS and CRC matters, carbon capture and storage, and other low carbon projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "You can always rely on the depth and breadth of their knowledge of the sector."  

Notable practitioners 

Louisa Cilenti is a key contact here.

Health & Safety - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 5 qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Sheffield

What the team is known for A recognised team with strong expertise in fatal accident cases. Experience of handling investigations, prosecutions and cases brought under corporate manslaughter laws.  

Work highlights Advised UK Coal Mining in connection with an HSE prosecution following the death at work of an employee.

Notable practitioners 

Sources characterise Lukas Rootman as a diligent, tenacious client advocate: "If you need a fighter then it is impossible to better him. Very few people make the sacrifices he does for his work and his clients." He had a lead role for UK Coal Mining.

Significant clients Brenntag UK, Vesuvius UK, Costco Wholesale UK, Polimeri Europa UK, Veolia ES SELCHP.

Healthcare - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 40 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London, Sheffield

What the team is known for Private sector specialists focusing on medical defence, inquests, judicial review and regulatory advice. Also has traditional capacity in public sector properties work.

Work highlights Represented Care UK in its £48 million acquisition of Harmoni, the leading UK GP out-of-hours provider.

Advised Primary Health Properties on the issue of its retail Bond and Cashbox placing, valued at £75 million.

Notable practitioners  

Warren Taylor is a key contact.

Significant clients HCA International, Care UK, Gracewell Healthcare, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Primary Health Properties.

Investment Funds - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 6 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for High-calibre offering focusing on real estate funds. Depth of knowledge and stellar reputation invites high-profile mandates to act on fundraisings, joint ventures and M&A activity. Noted for its impressive and expanding client roster.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "Very good - we find them to be responsive, professional and highly competent."

Client service: "We had a good service from them. Professional, thorough, skilled, and they have good partners." 

What's new? The team has won a raft of new clients and panel appointments, including Grainger, Wainbridge and AM Alpha.  

Work highlights Advised Aviva Investors, Hermes, AREA Property Partners and Capital & Regional on the disposition of The Junction Fund, a retail park property portfolio, for £263 million.

Acted for Tristan Capital Partners on the establishment of a pan-European opportunities fund, which attracted US, Swiss, European and Nordic investors and achieved EUR150 million at first closing.  

Notable practitioners  

Amanda Howard acted for AXA Real Estate Investment Managers on the establishment of the UK Long Lease Property Unit Trust, an open-ended fund that raised £125 million at its first closing. She is characterised by sources as a "very calm, level-headed and skilled negotiator" who is "completely unflappable."  

Deborah Lloyd's extensive industry knowledge wins her admiration from market sources. She recently led the team advising on the £263 million sale of the Junction Fund.

Andrew Wylie is recognised as being "very responsive, very cool, good at handling difficult clients and very bright." Of late he has acted for Linton Capital, the investment manager of an oil and gas technology fund listed in London.   

Significant clients Aviva Investors, AXA Real Estate, Grosvenor Fund Management, UNITE Group, Standard Life.

Local Government - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London, Sheffield

What the team is known for Key team for major transactional and project work for local authority clients. Noted areas of strength include infrastructure, bespoke PFI work and regeneration schemes. 

Work highlights Advising Essex County Council on a large-scale waste PFI project.

Assisting Leicester City Council with complex PFI and contract work for its 'Building Schools for the Future' scheme.

Advised Regenter on its PFI housing regeneration project in the London Borough of Lambeth.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Matthew attracts praise for his broad local government transactional practice. He routinely works on housing, education and regeneration schemes.

Significant clients Watford Borough Council, London Borough of Ealing, Westminster City Council, South East Grid for Learning.

Pensions Litigation - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Utilises a cross-departmental approach to pensions litigation, ensuring that clients receive a comprehensive service. Has expertise in the full spectrum of pensions cases, from rectification claims to pensions-related professional negligence.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Members are very responsive and provide good summaries in plain English."

Technical ability: "Pensions is a pretty academic topic and these people are intellectually very competent."

Market standing: "Nabarro has a long-standing pedigree in this sphere."

Work highlights Acted for the trustee of the IBM Pension Plan on an action for the rectification of various trust deeds and rules relating to the alleged rights of members to retire on an unreduced pension without the consent of the company from the age of 60.

Continues to act for Shoreham Port Authority in the ongoing appeal process following the high-profile Pilots' National Pension Fund case.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Warne heads up the pensions litigation team and has more than 20 years of experience. He is noted for his work on a number of leading pensions cases.

Neal Gibson is an experienced practitioner who wins praise from market sources. He was recently involved in both of the high-profile IBM cases.  

Significant clients RFIB Group, Phoenix IT Group, Shoreham Port Authority.

Projects - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- Offices in London and Sheffield. 

What the team is known for Active in the social infrastructure sector, advising on education, housing and waste deals. Acts for funders, sponsors and the public sector, and additionally acts on secondary market transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
Client service: "They differentiate themselves from City law firms in terms of their humble, but high-quality approach. Additionally, they have an unusually high-quality base of associates."

Industry knowledge: "They know the sector, they have handled all the issues that come up, and it is all priced reasonably."

Work highlights Advised a consortium on a £150 million social housing project in Lambeth.

Advised a Skanska-FCC consortium in its bid for the North London waste scheme PFI. 

Notable practitioners 

James Snape is head of the firm's waste team. He represented Viridor Waste Management in the £75 million Peterborough energy-from-waste scheme. Sources say: "He is a heavyweight when it comes to dealing with local authorities on waste issues. He finds win-win solutions for the contractor and the local authority."

Robin Baillie is a projects lawyer with a good track record in the PFI space. He acts on social infrastructure projects and secondary market deals. He acted for a consortium on the Brunswick housing PFI in Manchester.

Stephen Matthew acts for the public and private sector on PPP/PFI schemes. He advised Watford Borough Council on a health PPP. He is also active in the housing and education sectors.

Significant clients Pinnacle PSG, DC Leisure, Biffa, Leicester City Council, Kent County Council.     

Private Equity - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Continues to advise venture capital funds on investments. A burgeoning practice representing growing companies, particularly those in the technology sector.

Work highlights Advised Union Square Ventures on its part of a USD30 million investment into Hailo.

Advised Balderton Capital on a £10 million investment into MedicAnimal. 

Notable practitioners 

Andrew Inkester is the main contact at the firm. 

Professional Discipline - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Sheffield, London

What the team is known for Strong healthcare-focused team that handles wider advisory work for private healthcare providers. 

Notable practitioners  

Christopher Horsefield is the decision maker of the firm and has an established relationship with the MDU.

Rachel Cooper is recognised for her previous regulatory experience and commercial approach to professional discipline. Sources describe her as "a secret weapon – she is very savvy, very switched on."

Victoria Lord has an excellent reputation in the market, and handles a lot of work for the MDU. Sources say: "The quality and seriousness of cases are pretty heavy and she handles them very well - she is trusted with some very important work."

Yvonne Screene has extensive experience in the field and is described as a "top-quality solicitor."

Public Procurement - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 8 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Draws on the firm's strengths in European law, competition, IT and the public sector to offer clients comprehensive procurement advice. Also offers significant experience in PPP/PFI projects and procurement challenges.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "They've gone from strength to strength."

Work highlights Advised Hospital Corporation of America on a number of PPPs with NHS trusts.

Advised the Carbon Trust on procurement issues in setting up a consortium for an offshore wind project.

Notable practitioners  

Cyrus Mehta is held in the highest esteem for his expertise on procurement and state aid matters. He is regarded as "absolutely top-class" by sources and has over two decades of experience in UK and European procurement law.

Significant clients Sport England, Dover Council.

Retail - UK-wide

What the team is known for Widely recognised for its strength in real estate, representing retailers in leasing and planning matters, and acting for landlords on letting and development schemes. Advises numerous fashion retailers on trade mark protection, franchising and distribution issues. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They're phenomenal: extremely responsive, business-oriented and focused on the task at hand, with business-minded solutions, and they work very quickly."

Responsiveness: "They are responsive, efficient, timely and friendly."

Work highlights Acted for Equinox on its acquisition of the former Rainbow Room at Kensington High Street.

Represented Hammerson in its £136 million acquisition of The Victoria Quarter from Kennedy Wilson in Leeds.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Banton leads the retail group and is the key contact.

Significant clients Costco, Arcadia, Whole Foods Market, Capital Shopping Centres, Equinox.

Banking & Finance - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Sheffield

What the team is known for Excellent track record in the local market and noted strength in property finance. Proven capability in dealing with a variety of complex finance transactions, including leveraged and structured finance.

What's new? The team has this year gained panel appointments from Barclays Bank and United Overseas Bank.

Work highlights Acted for Coalfield Resources, formerly UK Coal, throughout the group's restructuring into two separate divisions. This matter was valued at over £100 million.

Advised Bank of Scotland on the refinancing of Stainsby Grange Group, which involved the restructuring of development loans into investment term loans.

Notable practitioners  

Ben Hendry is a key contact here.

Significant clients Bank of Scotland, Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance, Santander, Irish National Management Agency (NAMA), Bank of Ireland.

Construction - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Ranked office locations: Sheffield

What the team is known for A key player in the Sheffield market. The practice is well regarded for its national and international transactional and contentious work.

What's new? New instructions from Spencer, EP Global Energy and Amey.

Work highlights Advised Shepherd Construction on a £10 million professional indemnity claim arising out pf the construction of Trinity Walk shopping centre in Wakefield.

Advised Viridor Waste Management on an EPC contract for a £65 million waste facility development for Peterborough City Council.  

Notable practitioners  

Key partner James Duckworth is primarily involved in transactional matters. His recent work includes the development of an onshore wind farm in Tafila, in Jordan.

Martin McKervey is the head of the construction offering at the practice and is a lawyer well respected by his peers. Martin has over 25 years' experience specialising in dispute resolution.

Fraser Askham is a key partner handling contentious and non-contentious work. He assisted Martin McKervey with the Shepherd Construction matter.

Significant clients EDF Energy, Morgan Sindall, Land Securities, 2Co.

Corporate/M&A - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Sheffield

What the team is known for Advises on complex private equity and venture capital transactions. Has significant expertise in the technology, manufacturing and transport industry sectors.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "Nabarro are a solid pair of hands with vast experience to call on from many areas of work."

What's new? Client wins include Finance Yorkshire Equity Fund and AECOM.

Work highlights Acted for Plaza Global Real Estate Partners on the acquisition of 23 Savile Row from D2.

Represented Goldendecide and its individual shareholders on the £4 million sale of The Old English Pawnbroking Company.

Notable practitioners  

Sheffield-based department head Benjamin Hendry assisted LGC with its acquisition of Bio Senate. He is experienced in all manner of corporate finance transactions.

According to one client, Gareth Saynor "is a commercially minded lawyer who remains calm in difficult circumstances." He was part of the team advising Finance Yorkshire on several investments.

Significant clients Brenntag, UK Coal, DC Leisure, Migros, Sports Direct.

Employment - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department

- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Sheffield

What the team is known for Represents a range of corporate employers and respondents, including clients with operations in the wider region or internationally. Equally capable in handling litigious and advisory matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "They are knowledgeable, constructive and responsive." 

What's new? Steve Esmond has joined the team as a senior associate from Simpson Millar.

Work highlights Acts as sole adviser to the University of the Arts in London on matters from complex litigation to HR training.

Represented Parseq in a large-scale TUPE dispute and unfair dismissal claim.

Notable practitioners  

Clients state that Tracey Marsden "is outstanding. She is always thoroughly prepared in the detail of the case and yet able to rise above it and take into account commercial considerations. She builds confidence in her clients by presenting them with a full and clear picture of the options and possible outcomes."

Significant clients UK Coal, Grosvenor, Costco Wholesale, Capital Shopping Centre Group, Vaultex.

Litigation - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Sheffield

What the team is known for A well-established presence in the Sheffield market, with a strong reputation in a number of industries, including construction, transport and public sector work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Great with performance and great with communication. A Rolls-Royce service."

What's new? A number of significant client wins, including DHL.

Work highlights Represented Molson Coors Brewing Company (UK) on consumer credit and debt management matters.

Notable practitioners

Associate Richard Wilson is picked out for commentary by sources. He is praised as a "no-nonsense litigator" with a "good logical mind." One client notes he is "easy to get hold of and very efficient in the way he oversees our work. Very organised and quick to respond."

Significant clients DHL, UK Coal, Land Securities, DC Leisure, Brenntag UK.

Real Estate - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 23 other lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Sheffield

What the team is known for Acts for a number of notable London-based clients, offering a full commercial property service. Also prominent in the local market, advising clients on important regional matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "We continue to work with them because they give us a very good level of service and turn things around quickly. They are down-to-earth, very nice people to work with."

What's new New client wins include Lionbrook Fund.

Work highlights Advised PHP Clinics on its £14 million acquisition of a purpose-built healthcare centre.

Notable practitioners

Market sources describe Niall Logan as "good technically" and "industrious." He is adept at advising on development and regeneration projects concerning brownfield sites, and acts for public and private sector clients.

Christopher Chambers is "very approachable and easy-going," and "understands what the clients want." He is noted for his work in asset management matters, especially those relating to shopping centres, offices and industrial estates.

Significant clients Grosvenor, Capital Shopping Centres, Land Securities, UK Coal, Hammerson.

Real Estate Litigation - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Providing clients with cost-effective solutions to complex real estate issues. Stellar expertise in asset management. Knowledge of the mining and mineral industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "They offer first-class, quality advice which is delivered in a commercial way by a team that is enjoyable to work with."

What's new? New clients include Hammerson, National Grid Pension Fund and NBC Universal.

Notable practitioners 

Stephen Scott is recognised for his ability to "provide very sensible and sound advice." He demonstrates expertise in complex contractual disputes and leasing issues.

Widely experienced Jane Turley "is an exceptionally good litigator and advocate" who impresses interviewees with her "good commercial acumen." Her vast knowledge of the mining industry attracts key clients such as Lafarge and UK Coal.

Significant clients Land Securities, SEGRO, Harworth Estates, Aviva, Grosvenor.