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Eversheds LLP

Manchester

  • Eversheds House
  • 70 Great Bridgewater Street
  • Manchester
  • Lancashire
  • UK
  • M1 5ES

THE FIRM Eversheds is one of the largest law firms in the world with thousands of legal advisers based in over 40 locations across the globe. What sets the firm apart on a global level is the consistency and coherency of its offering. Organic growth and a careful choice of partners has resulted in an organisation that works seamlessly and consistently across boundaries, with all lawyers sharing the same progressive values. Eversheds’ people are international in spirit and outlook but also committed to the regions in which they live and work.Wherever they are based, colleagues share a desire to provide quality in everything they do. High calibre advice, informed by sector specific knowledge, is matched by value for money and pioneering techniques that drive efficiency and effectiveness. Collaboration is key and strong relationships, both with clients and between colleagues, form the basis for excellence. The spirit of innovation has been with Eversheds from its beginnings just over two decades ago.An open and genuine culture fosters new ideas and those ideas are backed by the firm’s management. Eversheds’ people are highly prized and everyone is encouraged to play their part in the future of the firm and carry on the tradition of being a law firm that does things first. Eversheds continues to find new ways of giving clients more value by setting the standard challenging industry norms and delivering a service that is truly multinational.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Eversheds provides expertise in a variety of market sectors and specialist legal services. Please refer to the firm’s website (www.eversheds.com) for comprehensive details:
Market Sectors: Automotive; aerospace, defence and security; central government; chemicals; education; energy and natural resources; financial institutions; food and drink; health and life sciences; hotels; industrial engineering; leisure and entertainment; local government; media; property companies; retail; sport; technology; telecommunications; transport.
Specialist Services: Banking and finance; business risk services; commercial agreements; competition, EU and regulatory; construction and engineering; corporate secretarial; cost control; data protection; dispute resolution and litigation; employment and labour law; environment/health and safety; financial services and markets regulation; franchising; fraud and financial crime; freedom of information; HR consultancy; infrastructure; insurance and reinsurance; inquiries and investigations; insolvency and restructuring; intellectual property; international arbitration/public law; international trade; investment treaty arbitration; IT, technology and telecoms; licensing; mergers and acquisitions; outsourcing and off-shoring; PFI/PPP; planning; pensions; private equity; procurement; product liability; real estate management, investment, development and regeneration; records management; regulatory, risk and compliance; shipping; and tax.

INTERNATIONAL For further details on how Eversheds can help you, please visit the firm’s website (www.eversheds.com) where you can find contact details for all global offices and Partners as well as a range of useful information about sector and service specialisms. You can also sign up to receive Eversheds’ range of informative and tailored e-briefings, watch the latest video content, find out about forthcoming seminars and training on a wide variety of topics, and interact with Eversheds’ lawyers via social media.

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Branches

Employment - National Leaders (outside London)

What the team is known for Market-leading reputation in cities and regions across the country, with impressive resources in the Midlands, Wales, East Anglia and the North. Houses an array of talent with a fantastic grasp of cross-border transactions, Employment Tribunals and industrial relations advice. Represents a near-unrivalled breadth and depth of clientele, including such names as Rolls-Royce, Dairy Crest, British Gas and BAE Systems. Ranked offices in Nottingham, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Cardiff, Manchester and Cambridge.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
National capability: "We generally deal with the one office and they put us through to the right person. They always tell us where to go and introduce us to their colleagues. They're very good in making sure we get the right people for the job."

Notable practitioners Audrey Williams and Martin Warren are key contacts.

Planning - National Leaders (outside London)

What the team is known for Very strong national practice with expertise right across its office network. Regularly advises on regeneration projects and retail developments. Noted for renewables knowledge. Works with the likes of Lend Lease, Hammerson and EDF Energy Renewables. Also renowned for public sector work. Ranked offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Leeds and Manchester.

Notable practitioners

Richard Lloyd and David Hardy are key contacts.

Tax - National Leaders (outside London)

What the team is known for Notable capacity to advise on the tax aspects of corporate acquisitions and disposals, property transactions and investment funds. Strong expertise in the industrial sector, projects and renewable energy. Also noted for its indirect tax advice, including VAT mitigation in capital projects and VAT advice concerning public-private partnerships. Key clients include HSBC, Morningstar, Capita Group and Taylor Wimpey. Ranked offices in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
National capability: "They deliver the kind of service you'd expect from City players, but from their regional offices."

Notable practitioners

David Jervis is a key contact.

Banking & Finance - North West

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for Maintains a strong practice with substantial borrower-side expertise. Also distinguished for its specialist services in property restructuring and real estate finance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Problem solving: "The advice we got was strong. They're commercially minded and helped us with negotiations on a tricky deal."

Breadth of services: "Property finance, refinancing, new lending deals - they can deal with a wide array of different transactions."

Work highlights Advised Jerrold Holdings on its £640 million refinancing.

Advised Wells Fargo on the UK, French and German elements of the refinancing of Specific Media Group, which involved the provision of USD60 million revolving asset-backed facilities to Specific Media's subsidiaries in the USA and the UK.

Notable practitioners  

Nigel Dale has a huge amount of experience working on the borrower side of financial transactions and is highly regarded by his clients. According to one source, he is "pragmatic, with a good knowledge of us, our business and the field."

Significant clients HSBC, RBS, Lloyds TSB, Bodycote International, Barclays.

Construction - North West

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for A well-respected practice nationwide. The team is known for its focus on energy, utilities and public sector work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Value for money: "The team's advice is of a high standard and it provides good value for money."

What's new? New instructions from Bam Nuttall, Manchester Airport and Emcor.

Work highlights Advised United Utilities on the drafting and negotiation of two NEC-based frameworks for an asset management project worth £500 million.

Advised Manchester City Council on all construction aspects of its £25 million redevelopment of St Peter's Square.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Chamberlain heads the construction department and is primarily instructed on transactional matters from public and private sector clients. Clients appreciate that he "is technically strong and sees the commercial drivers of a transaction."

Paul Giles is noted by a client for having "great knowledge in his expert area and a business-oriented approach when providing advice." He specialises in dispute avoidance and resolution, and is regularly instructed by the heavy engineering and energy sectors.

Clients praise David Moss as "a notable strategic thinker and a strong negotiator." He is a key partner at the practice and specialises in contract advice and dispute resolution.

Significant clients National Grid Gas, Mersey Waste Disposal Authority, Morgan Sindall Investments, Network Rail Infrastructure, Stoke-on-Trent City Council. 

Corporate/M&A - North West

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for Advises clients on complex and high-value transactions in the North West region. Significant bench of partners and associates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "Responsive and accessible to a fault. There was never a question of deferring something to a later date."

Industry knowledge: "Their knowledge of our business and ability to staff the matter accordingly was excellent."

What's new? Private equity specialist Alasdair Outhwaite has been promoted to partner.

The corporate team has taken on Manchester Airports Group as a new client.

Work highlights Advised the management of Four Seasons Healthcare on its £850 million sale to Terra Firma.

Represented Brian Kennedy in the multimillion-pound merger of Latium with Epwin Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Hall is a senior corporate partner at the firm. He recently acted for Vantage Airport Group on its £40 million sale of 75% of Durham Tees Valley Airport to Peel Holdings.

Simon Masters is described by one client as "extremely commercially minded." He was the lead partner on the Four Seasons matter.

According to clients, Alistair Cree combines "great experience" with an eye for "technical detail." 

Significant clients Flybe Group, INEOS, Booker Group, Princes Food.

Employment - North West

Basic facts about the department

- 4 partners
- 14 other qualified practitioners
- 1 HR consultant
- Office locations ranked: Manchester 

What the team is known for Each member of the team specialises in a particular aspect of employment law and as a whole the group is renowned for its international links and excellent client base.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Our experiences with the individuals at the firm have been unilaterally positive."

International capability: "We use them for their international perspective."  

Work highlights Acted for The Freedom Group on an injunction case that was negotiated in favour of the client.  

Notable practitioners  

Peter Norbury has vast experience in industrial relations and has recently undertaken a number of high-value cases.

Michael Thompson is head of department and is "absolutely exceptional and a sound choice for really complex or heavyweight matters."

Naeema Choudry has special expertise in discrimination matters. She also led the team advising on a senior management exit.

Diane Gilhooley is an expert in employment matters affecting the education sector. She heads the Manchester-based team, which handles intricate matters for academies and universities.

David Carmichael specialises in complex employment matters including whistle-blowing claims, outsourcings and TUPE matters.

Significant clients Booker Limited, DS Smith, Warburtons, Servisair UK, Speedy Hire.

Information Technology - North West

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for Well known firm with solid IT capability. Offers wide-ranging experience of IT issues in the financial services and telecoms industries, as well as generally.

What's new? New clients include AppSense and the National Federation of Self-Employed & Small Businesses.

Work highlights Advised the National Computing Centre in its £15 million acquisitions of Matasano Security and Intrepidus Group.

Notable practitioners

The practice group is headed by Tom Bridgford.

Significant clients Daisy Communications, National Computing Centre, Late Rooms, International Air Transport Association, Servisair UK.

Intellectual Property - North West

Basic facts about the department

- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for A strong trade mark and designs team that managed the rights of a number of internationally renowned brands. 

Work highlights Acted for Mainetti in a dispute with Hangerlogic concerning the infringement of registered designs for coat hangers.

Represented SeaTechnik in a dispute with NFI over a ship-to-shore link system that SeaTechnik claimed infringed copyright and designs.

Notable practitioners  

Senior associate Kate Ellis is the key contact here.

Licensing - North West

Basic facts about the department
-1 partner
-1 senior associate
-1 associate
-Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for Acting nationally for clients in the betting and gaming sectors, with particular strength in the representation of casino operators and developing expertise in the handling of remote gambling offerings. Also significantly active in managing licensing matters for major players in the hospitality sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The service has always been exemplary."

Efficiency: "This proved to be a very satisfactory arrangement and I would be happy to go back."

Work highlights Acted for Genting Casinos on all its licensing and gambling law requirements, including a comprehensive refurbishment of its premises nationwide, the relocation of two of its Coventry venues to new premises in the city's Skydome complex, and the licensing of a new casino in Sheffield.

Represented Inn on the Park with regard to a variation of premises licence for the Four Seasons Hotel on Park Lane. Though located in the challenging Westminster jurisdiction, the variation was successfully secured, subject to minor and acceptable conditions. 

Notable practitioners 

Senior associate David Roberts directs the team. A gambling specialist, he is also active on wider licensing matters and attracts enthusiastic client praise as "a person of intellect and experience" who "is professional at all times, follows up in a timely manner and is a genuine support to our business."  

Significant clients Booker, Almancantar, Begbies Traynor, Hotel La Tour. 

Litigation - North West

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for Adept at handling high-profile, complex disputes across a broad range of sectors including chemicals, transport, retail and education. Strong international offering.

Work highlights Acted for AQA Education on defending judicial review proceedings in a high-profile matter with a significant public interest element. 

Sought injunctive relief and pursued recoveries on behalf of Meyer Group following fraud within the company.

Notable practitioners

The highly respected Michael Clavell-Bate heads the commercial dispute resolution team in Manchester. Sources note he is "bright, extremely personable, pragmatic and quite fierce."

Senior associate Matthew Taylor advises clients on a range of commercial disputes, including breach of contract and professional negligence claims as well as litigation involving defamation and reputation management issues.

Significant clients European Metal Recycling, Daisy Group, AQA Education, Meyer Group, Selfridges Retail.

Pensions - North West

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for Advises an impressive list of clients on all areas of pensions law. Also collaborates with the firm's financial services and corporate teams to run specialist pensions investment and funding units.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The lawyers anticipate things and come to me rather than waiting for me to come to them."

Communication: "The team's advice is provided in a timely manner and in very straightforward language that is easy for those without formal legal training to understand."

Commercial awareness: "Eversheds always endeavours to take a very pragmatic view of issues."

Work highlights Advised the trustees of the Homes and Communities Agency Pension Scheme on the Section 75 debts that were to be triggered by the abolition of six regional development agencies. The team negotiated flexible apportionment arrangements to address these Section 75 liabilities.

Advised the trustees of the £13 million Ring pension scheme on the scheme's entry into the PPF.

Notable practitioners  

Ronald Graham is an experienced and well-respected practitioner, able to handle the full spectrum of pensions matters. Clients note that he is a "competent, good lawyer," and is a useful sounding board for ideas.

Elenor Lovering is head of the Manchester team and moves up the bands this year. She "is very good to deal with and easy to talk to," with a "pragmatic approach to resolving issues," according to clients.

Jonathan Walters is a principal associate at the firm. He frequently advises employers and trustees on a wide variety of issues.

Significant clients Comet Trustee Company, MSD Animal Health Pension Scheme trustees, SPX Corporation, DSM Nutritional Products, Premier Farnell Pension Trustees.

Planning - North West

Basic facts about the department
-1 partner
-5 other qualified lawyers
-Office locations ranked: Manchester 

What the team is known for Impressive North West practice, housing a wide variety of specialisms and expertise. Areas of focus include urban redevelopment projects and renewable energy matters, and it has particular strength in CPOs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
Commercial awareness: "Their advice has been excellent and commercially relevant."

What's new? New clients include Manchester Airport, Almacantar and Cheshire East Council.

Work highlights Advised Lend Lease on the £1.4 billion Elephant and Castle regeneration project in London, including compulsory purchase and planning issues.

Advised English Cities Fund on a huge city regeneration project in Salford Central.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Lloyd is praised by sources for his skill in planning matters, particularly CPOs. He is described as "committed, approachable, pragmatic and measured." He was lead lawyer on Lend Lease's Elephant and Castle regeneration project.

Associate Michelle Naylor impresses sources with her developing practice. She assisted with a matter for Thurrock Council concerning a regeneration project at Purfleet Centre.

Significant clients Lend Lease, Muse Developments, English Cities Fund, Hammerson, Greater London Authority.

Real Estate - North West

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 31 other lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for Noteworthy for handling work across the practice area, offering expertise in general corporate real estate matters to notable clients. Also strong in development and regeneration, property investments, and real estate finance and restructuring. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "The team deals well with urgency and understands when we need to pick up the pace on emergency or high priority tasks."

Client service: "We enjoy working with them and I think they value us as an important client." 

What's new? New client wins include Logistics Property Partnership, Manchester Airport Group and Sale Sharks Rugby Club.

Work highlights Advised SEGRO on all aspects of its £204.5 million sale of four industrial estates.

Advised Muse Developments on its involvement in the £140 million office-led redevelopment of Grand Central, Stockport.

Notable practitioners

The "very approachable" Peter Winnard heads the UK development and regeneration group in Manchester. Clients state that "he is pragmatic and has a commercial approach."

Nancy Brown is experienced in handling operational and non-operational property matters for financial institutions, retailers and logistics clients. "The client relationship management is good and quality of advice is very good as well," say interviewees.

Kirsty Tinsley-Fenney "is super-organised and extremely thorough." She led on the SEGRO matter.

The "very capable" Michael Buchanan "grasps the issues very well and turns documents around very quickly." Clients like his "confident and reassuring style." He is an expert in advising private and public sector clients on development and regeneration projects.

Phillip Tunney "has the ability to analyse and come up with solutions, and his communication is very strong when negotiating." He leads the UK chemical sector group and has specialisms in handling matters relating to minerals, waste and landfill.

Significant clients AXA, Taylor Wimpey, Four Seasons, Evans Property Group, BAE Systems.

Real Estate Litigation - North West

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

What the team is known for Represents clients with a national and international presence, and has experience in the retail industry. Offers a broad range of services, with expertise in areas such as wayleaves and compulsory purchase.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Clarity: "They provide clear and concise advice."

What's new? BAE, Samsung and Toni & Guy are amongst new client wins.

Work highlights Acted for Igloo Regeneration on a professional negligence claim against Powell Williams Partnership concerning a pre-purchase survey of an investment property.

Advised Langtree Land and Property in a complex case surrounding a dilapidation claim.

Notable practitioners  

James Batham is venerated for his creative thinking, with sources saying: "He thinks outside the box and brings a different angle to issues." He was lead partner on the Igloo Regeneration case.

Principal associate David McGuirk is frequently involved in the team's key mandates. He has specialist expertise in advising developers and public sector groups. 

Significant clients Anglo American, Blacks Outdoor Retail, Faurecia Group, Homes & Communities Agency, Manchester Airport Group.

Restructuring/Insolvency - North West

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for Frequently represents lenders and clearing banks active in the restructuring market. Demonstrates solid expertise in the real estate sector. Offers clients national coverage.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "They are very impressive, especially in the creativity of their approaches and their innovative style."

Notable practitioners  

David Gray leads the team and is recognised as "personable and dependable" by his peers. He has extensive experience advising major banks and financial institutions. Clients praise his practical "approach and style."

Significant clients HSBC Bank, Barclays Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, RBS, Co-operative Bank.

Tax - North West

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for Advises clients on acquisitions and disposals, property, VAT and tax matters concerning investment funds. Strong expertise in the renewable energy sector, as well as other projects work.

Work highlights Assisting NVM Private Equity with the potential tax implications of a portfolio investment company's acquisition of another company, specifically advising on whether it would affect the venture capital trust's qualifying status.

Advised Sappi Netherlands Services on a corporate restructuring.

Notable practitioners 

Deneze Hastings heads the tax department in Manchester.

Significant clients Lookers, Capita Group, Sappi Netherlands Services, Redeem Holdings, Octopus Investments.

Environment - The North

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Manchester 

What the team is known for Advises clients on corporate transactions. Expertise in regulatory matters such as WEEE, REACH and RoHS. 

What's new? Gained new clients Shale Gas Europe, TriMas, Anixter International, Starbucks and Cuadrilla.

Work highlights Advised Halliburton on issues related to shale oil and gas exploration and extraction in the UK and EU.

Advised Anglo American on the sale of a portfolio of construction and quarrying assets to Mittal Investments.  

Notable practitioners 

Elizabeth Shepherd has a non-contentious environment practice and advises clients from sectors such as waste and energy. Sources say: "She is brilliant on environmental indemnities and she really knows the ins and outs of how big corporations think." 

Jane Southworth's practice focuses on advising clients on regulatory matters such as REACH, WEEE, RoHS and the packaging waste directive. Sources describe her as a "very client-friendly" and "pragmatic" lawyer. 

Significant clients GlaxoSmithKline, Samsung, Sims Group UK, John Deere, Ineos Nitriles.  

Education - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Represents a variety of schools across a broad set of issues, including academy conversions, setting up free schools, studio schools and UTCs, admissions and exclusions, outsourcing arrangements and complex employment matters.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "A very valuable resource for us to use." 

What's new? Ben Wood has been promoted to partner and head of the firm's national academy practice. He specialises in employment law and governance matters.

Notable practitioners  

Diane Gilhooley leads the work of the education sector group.

Insurance - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Advises on complex, high-end insurance and reinsurance cases from several offices around the country, including London and Manchester. Proficient in handling large D&O insurance claims with an international scope and frequently represents brokers in insurance disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "The insurance and reinsurance team is outstanding in this field."

What's new? Paula Gaddum, who focuses her practice on professional negligence claims and insurance disputes, has been promoted to partner.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Brooks, head of the insurance and reinsurance group, draws praise for his expertise, which includes business interruption, professional indemnity and product liability claims. According to sources he "is a good litigator, and has a good grasp of litigation and how to get to a result."

Significant clients Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group, Aon, XL, IRB, Lockton.

Public Procurement - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 6 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers procurement expertise to a broad range of clients including central and local government bodies, utilities companies and a variety of private sector entities. The firm maintains its impressive reputation in both disputes and advisory work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "I find them very proactive, very accessible and very knowledgeable."

Work highlights Advised the Secretary of State for Transport on the high-profile challenge to the award of the InterCity West Coast rail franchise.

Advising the London Borough of Lambeth on the procurement of a partner for its SW2 Enterprise Centre project.

Notable practitioners  

Ruth Connorton "is well respected for commercial, pragmatic advice," remarked one interviewee. She leads on many of the firm's highest-profile non-contentious engagements, including advising the London Borough of Lambeth on procuring a partner for an Enterprise Centre.

Significant clients Joseph Rowntree Housing, National Renewable Energy Centre, Newcastle City Council.

Since publication, Ruth Connorton has joined DAC Beachcroft LLP

Retail - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- Recommended office locations: Manchester, Birmingham, London

What the team is known for Strong retail offering and further expertise in IP and employment. Increasingly active advising retailers on e-commerce and online data privacy issues. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "Eversheds is excellent. I am always very happy with what we receive from the team and the work it does is with an understanding of our organisation, which enables tailored advice."

Client service: "The team is very good and we continue working with them because of their attention to detail, their client liaison and their general approach to the relationship."

What's new? Retail real estate partner Angus Ford joined the team from BLP.

Work highlights Advised Starbucks on the expansion of its online business in the UK, German and France, and on website policies for its promotional sites in ten Middle Eastern countries.

Advising Marks & Spencer on its international expansion project, involving both stores and online matters.

Notable practitioners  

James Batham heads the firm's retail group and is a key contact.

Significant clients John Lewis, Selfridges, Forever 21, Littlewoods, Marks & Spencer.