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Squire Patton Boggs - London
  • Trinity Court
  • 16 John Dalton Street
  • Manchester
  • Lancashire
  • UK
  • M60 8HS
  • Chair and Global CEO James J Maiwurm
  • Managing Partner Europe Peter Crossley
  • Managing Partner of the London office Robert Weekes
  • Number of UK partners 127
  • Number of UK fee earners 453

THE FIRM Squire Sanders is a Global 20 practice unified around a singular focus: its clients and delivering value to them.At Squire Sanders, sound legal counsel is combined with a deep knowledge of the clients’ businesses to resolve their legal challenges. The practice cares about the quality of its services, the success of its clients and the relationships that are forged through those successes.
The client base of Squire Sanders’ global legal practice spans every type of business, both private and public, worldwide. The practice advises a diverse mix of clients, from Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 corporations to emerging companies and from individuals to local and national governments. In the private sector, the practice provides the full range of legal advice required to implement practical strategies and resolve disputes. In the public sector, the practice counsels governments on privatisation of whole industries and on establishment of regulatory systems under which new private businesses can compete. It also serves the regional needs of the countries and cities it calls home.
Squire Sanders operates as a “one-firm firm” rather than a loose confederation of separate offices or practices. With approximately 1,300 lawyers in 39 offices located in 19 countries on five continents, Squire Sanders’ global legal practice is in the markets where its clients do business. Squire Sanders also has strong working relationships with independent firms in Europe and the Middle East, as well as the Squire Sanders Legal Counsel Worldwide Network, which includes independent firms across Latin America.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Aerospace and defence; antitrust and competition; automotive; aviation; brands; capital markets; chemicals; communications; corporate transactions, finance and governance; data protection and privacy; diversified industrials; education; energy and natural resources; environmental, safety and health; FCPA/UK Bribery Act and anticorruption; financial services; global compliance; government contracts; contracts; healthcare; hospitality and leisure; immigration; insurance; intellectual property and technology; international dispute resolution; international trade and export controls; labour and employment; life sciences; litigation; media and advertising; mergers and acquisitions; mining; pensions; private equity and venture capital; project and infrastructure finance; public advocacy; public finance; real estate; restructuring and insolvency; retail; sourcing and procurement; sports and entertainment; taxation and benefits; transportation, shipping and logistics; white collar, investigations and enforcement.

INTERNATIONAL Beijing, Berlin, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Houston, Kyiv, Los Angeles, Madrid, Miami, Moscow, New York, Northern Virginia, Palo Alto, Paris, Perth, Phoenix, Prague, Riyadh, San Francisco, Santo Domingo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tampa, Tokyo,Warsaw,Washington DC, West Palm Beach.
Independent Network Firms: Beirut, Bogota, Bucharest, Buenos Aires, Caracas, La Paz, Lima, Panama, Santiago.


  • 7 Devonshire Square,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC2M 4YH
  • Tel +44 20 7655 1000
  • Fax +44 20 7655 1001
  • Website : www.SquireSanders.com
  • Rutland House,
  • 148 Edmund Street,
  • Birmingham,
  • West Midlands
  • UK
  • B3 2JR
  • Tel (0121) 222 3000
  • Fax (0121) 222 3001
  • 2 Park Lane,
  • Leeds,
  • West Yorkshire
  • UK
  • LS3 1ES
  • Tel (0113) 284 7000
  • Fax (0113) 284 7001
  • Trinity Court,
  • 16 John Dalton Street,
  • Manchester,
  • Lancashire
  • UK
  • M60 8HS
  • Tel +44 161 830 5000
  • Fax +44 161 830 5001

Banking & Finance - North West

Basic facts about the department

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

What the team is known for Demonstrates strength in the highly active financial areas of restructuring and asset based lending. Retains an impressive roster of real estate finance clients.

What's new? The team has gained Centric Commercial Finance, RBS Invoice Finance and Cytec Industries as new clients this year and has been appointed to the panels of RBS and Lloyds TSB.

Work highlights Acted for PNC Business Credit in providing a revolving credit facility and preparing the security for the refinancing of the Fairpoint Group. This transaction was valued at £14.5 million.

Notable practitioners  

Matthew Ingram has led the team on some extremely high-profile transactions this year and is highlighted by clients as "very practical, commercial and efficient." He is further credited with excellent insight into his clients' businesses: "He understands what we need, understands the needs of the organisation and deals with things efficiently."

Claire Shepherd is well liked by clients for her approachable nature and acted as lead partner on several financings for PNC this year. One client reports: "She has consistently delivered a great level of service and responds to complex queries on a timely basis with very measured advice. Her approach is affable, flexible and pragmatic."

Significant clients The Co-operative Bank, Findel, EPIC Private Equity, Centric Commercial Finance, Adventure Capital Fund.

Banking Litigation - North West

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

What the team is known for Excellent offering across key banking areas including PPI, consumer credit, mis-selling and fraud. Expertise in complex high-value professional negligence claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "All the lawyers are very good at understanding the commerciality of our business."

Client service: "Members are very professional and very good at working in partnership with the business."

Notable practitioners  

"Approachable and unflappable" senior associate Russell Kelsall has significant experience in finance disputes and is praised as a "good strategist." He is widely acknowledged for his "in-depth knowledge of the Consumer Credit Act."

Corporate/M&A - North West

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

What the team is known for Locally focused corporate team with a global capability. Mid to high-value capital markets and private equity work, particularly in the technology and manufacturing sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Partner involvement: "There was excellent partner involvement at key touch points and the delegation was appropriate."

Technical ability: "I found it a real privilege to work with people of such expertise."

Work highlights Advised Belden on the USD265 million sale of the Thermax-Raydex business to Carlisle Companies.

Acted for GB group on the £3 million acquisition of TMG.TV.

Notable practitioners  

Darren Warburton is particularly active within the chemicals and manufacturing sectors. He was the lead partner on the Belden matter.

Manchester office head and all-round corporate specialist Jane Haxby is described by one client as a "very good strategic thinker and very easy to get on with." 

Significant clients Mexichem, INEOS, K3 Business Technology Group, AppSense Holdings.

Employment - North West

Basic facts about the department

- 1 partner
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for Covers all aspects of employment law across a number of client sectors, including manufacturing, hospitality and media.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "They are responsive to client needs and have depth of knowledge and real expertise in the subject area."

Notable practitioners  

Zelda Garbett handles day-to-day matters as well as taking part in tribunal proceedings. Clients say that "she adds value to our business and offers very good client service." 

Significant clients Thomas Cook, Molson Coors, TNS, Mamas & Papas, BASF.

Licensing - North West

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

What the team is known for Handling licensing issues for clients in the hospitality and leisure industries, with a strong emphasis on the representation of hoteliers and pub operators. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "A high calibre of work."

Notable practitioners 

Christopher Eddlestone represents the licensing practice in the Manchester office. Recognised as an active and high-quality practitioner, he brings to his work specialist insights picked up during his 20 years' experience as an owner/operator. 

Litigation - North West

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

What the team is known for Acknowledged for its expertise in the chemical and manufacturing industries, as well as within the financial services. Acknowledged international capabilities, particularly in the US and Italy.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "I found the team amenable to discussion. They give a very prompt service and are polite and hardworking."

Diligence: "I receive due care and professionalism, patience and commercially sound advice."

Work highlights Advised Entrust Pension on a court application upon the interpretation of pension scheme rules to establish the benefit entitlement of members of the plan.

Obtained a summary judgment for Baker Hughes in a USD1.5 million employment dispute with a former employee claiming for money under Angolan, Texan and English contracts.

Notable practitioners

Lucci Dammone has experience representing Italian clients in England and also handles disputes in the Italian courts. Clients characterise him as "good at facilitating negotiations and being creative in his advice."

"Highly practical and responsive," Victoria Leigh heads the team. She primarily focuses on pensions litigation, and recently advised Entrust Pension on a £20 million claim.

Significant clients Lloyds TSB, Baker Hughes, Northern Rock Asset Management, Stobart Group, Mexichem UK.

Pensions - North West

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

What the team is known for Handles a broad spectrum of pensions issues, from advising on complex de-risking strategies to assisting on corporate transactions. Also offers specialist services through its pensions disputes and pensions investment teams and its professional trusteeship arm. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Work is of an excellent quality and the team is extremely reliable."

Client service: "The team is friendly and approachable."  

What's new? David Griffiths recently joined the firm from Eversheds.

Work highlights Advised the trustees of six of the Co-operative Group’s pension schemes on the closure of the schemes to future accrual. This involved amending scheme documents and advising on member communications.  

Notable practitioners 

David Griffiths has more than 20 years of experience advising trustees and employers on pensions issues. Sources describe him as "very pragmatic" and "willing to stick his neck out."

Head of department Charmian Johnson wins glowing praise from market commentators. "Charmian understands her client's needs and is extremely pragmatic. She explains everything in a way that the trustees can understand," says one satisfied client. 

Significant clients Joy Global Industries pension plan, CMP Batteries pension plan, SPX UK pension plan, Steve Southern Trustees, Fresenius Kabi.

Real Estate - North West

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

What the team is known for Noted for its role in high-profile, high-value development work. Also has considerable expertise in the renewable energy sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "I never have to chase anything up - I always have 100% confidence that it will have been done."

Work highlights Advised LBI (formerly Landsbanki Islands) on property aspects of the £1.5 billion sale of Iceland Food Group and its 800-plus properties.

Notable practitioners 

Mark Gaffney has experience of advising public and private sector clients on substantial regeneration and development schemes. He also works in portfolio transactions, and his knowledge of joint ventures is described by a client as "first-class."

Liam Buckley is the European head of the real estate practice. He works on various commercial property matters, including projects involving clients from the utilities industries.

Significant clients Manchester City Council, Stobart Group, Koch Industries, Liverpool City Council, Aldi Stores.

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 Broad insolvency and restructuring offering, particularly well regarded in the asset-based lender market. Also noted strength in pensions-related insolvency advice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "They handle a broad range of restructuring matters and are always very impressive – really brilliant." 

Efficiency: "They are very responsive and very good at putting our point across; they don't waste time." 

Work highlights Advised on the pre-pack administration and sale of the business and assets of Klarius Group, a large European manufacturer with debts of approximately £75 million.

Advised GE Capital Bank on the restructuring of Burdens Group, a civil engineering and building materials supplier, which included a partial sale of the business.  

Notable practitioners  

Susan Kelly is well respected as "an exceptional business lawyer, with an outstanding ability to handle the most complex, difficult and diverse range of matters." Interviewees describe her as a trusted adviser who is "technically good, commercial and very robust." 

Significant clients BDO, Begbies Traynor, Cable Finance, Close Invoice Finance, Deloitte.

Health & Safety - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 6 qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for Advises a host of leading clients on health and safety matters ranging from preliminary investigations and interviews to defending prosecutions. Active in a number of key industry sectors, including construction, chemicals, energy and manufacturing.

Work highlights Acted for logistics company CS Ellis following a prosecution by Rutland County Council in connection with a fork lift truck accident.

Advised Cruden Construction in connection with an HSE investigation after a fall from height.

Notable practitioners 

Rob Elvin is the European head of the firm's environmental and health and safety groups, and led the defence of CS Ellis on the fork lift truck matter. Sources say he is "a class act with bags of experience."

Clients reserve special mention for Gary Lewis and his "very thorough and professional service." He acted for the defence of CS Ellis in its prosecution by Rutland County Council.

Significant clients SITA UK, Enterprise Inns, INEOS, Sonae Industria UK, ScottishPower.