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Squire Patton Boggs

Manchester

  • Trinity Court
  • 16 John Dalton Street
  • Manchester
  • Lancashire
  • UK
  • M60 8HS
  • Chair & Global CEO James J Maiwurm
  • Managing Partner Europe Peter Crossley
  • Managing Partner of the London Office Robert Weekes
  • Number of UK partners 134
  • Number of UK fee earners 440

The Firm Squire Patton Boggs is a “Global 20” law firm unified around a singular focus: its clients and delivering value to them. At Squire Patton Boggs, sound legal counsel is combined with a deep knowledge of the clients’ businesses to resolve their legal challenges. The firm 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 the global firm spans every type of business, both private and public, worldwide. The firm advises a diverse mix of clients, from Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 corporations to emerging companies and from individuals to local and national governments. With a pre-eminent public policy practice with deeprooted relationships in Washington DC and Brussels, the firm has unmatched knowledge in matters where law, government and business intersect. Squire Patton Boggs operates as a “one-firm firm” rather than a loose confederation of separate offices or practices. With approximately 1,500 lawyers in 44 offices located in 21 countries on five continents, the firm is in the markets where its clients do business. Squire Patton Boggs also has strong working relationships with independent firms in Europe and the Middle East, as well as the Squire Patton Boggs Legal Counsel Worldwide Network, which includes independent firms across Latin America.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Aerospace, defence and government services; antitrust and competition; automotive; aviation; brands; capital markets; chemicals; communications; construction; 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; global corporate practice; government contracts; government enforcement, investigations and global compliance; 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; projects; public policy; public finance; real estate; restructuring and insolvency; retail; sourcing and procurement; sports and entertainment; tax strategy and benefits; transportation, shipping and logistics; white collar, investigations and enforcement.

International Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Berlin, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Doha, Dubai, 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, Jakarta, La Paz, Lima, Panama, Santiago.

Branches

Banking & Finance - North West

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for Continues to receive mandates from an enviable client base of major financial institutions and borrowers, particularly in the areas of real estate finance, acquisition finance and asset-based lending. Also particularly noted for its niche expertise within trade finance. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Always professional whomever you deal with. They come back to you when they say they will and generally really go out of their way for us."

"Excellent client service. The team will always make themselves available to assist us to achieve the required deadlines, even taking time out of their holiday period to respond to e-mails and calls."

What's new? The team was recently appointed onto the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ panel.

Work highlights Advised PNC in connection with £19 million of facilities it received to support its acquisition of Buoyant Upholstery via an MBO. 

Acted for Bank Leumi in relation to the provision of term debt for the refinancing of a Midlands-based aerospace business, Bromford Industries.  

Notable practitioners  

Peers find head of department Claire Shepherd to be "extremely pleasant to deal with." A recent highlight saw her act for HSBC in connection with revolving credit facilities it provided to Speedy Hire.

Matthew Ingram has recently been busy leading transactions for a variety of key lenders, including the firm's new client, Bank Leumi. One client comments that "he has a thorough understanding of our needs and what our organisation is about, and is always prepared to listen and give us advice."

Significant clients Findel, Centric Commercial Finance, ABN AMRO Commercial Finance, Stobart Group, The Co-operative Bank.

Corporate/M&A - North West

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

What the team is known for Experience of transactions across sectors such as chemicals, manufacturing and healthcare. A strong local market presence with SMEs and large corporates, and increasing activity in capital markets transactions and M&A work involving AIM-listed clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have provided excellent service levels throughout, supporting their high-quality legal advice with a commercial and practical approach."

"Very approachable - they are good with clients and always available." 

Work highlights Advised cloud computing provider Outsourcery on its £36 million listing and placing on the AIM market.

Acted for private equity investor ISIS Equity Partners on the £73 million sale of online travel provider onthebeach.co.uk to Inflexion Private Equity.

Notable practitioners  

Jane Haxby heads the Europe, Middle East and Africa corporate practice from the firm's Manchester office, demonstrating her growing prominence in the market, notably on cross-border mandates. According to sources, she "stands out for her rounded approach to business issues, and her highly responsive and proactive support."

Interviewees single out Darren Warburton for his expertise in transactions involving the chemicals sector. Highlights in this area include advising PVC producer INEOS ChlorVinyls on the sale of a business to Packed Chlorine.

Giles Chesher has a flourishing reputation within the regional private equity market, with recent activity for clients such as ISIS Equity Partners. Interviewees describe him as "approachable, hands-on and technically very good."

Significant clients Belden, Cardtronics, Endless, Findel, Innospec.

Employment - North West

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for Wide regional, national and international reach. Handles TUPE matters, restructurings and reorganisations for a varied clientele. Areas of expertise include the manufacturing, hospitality and retail industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very helpful, response times are fantastic. They understand our business and its internal workings."

"They've been amazingly knowledgeable. For employment they are our go-to because they are efficient and they have a very nice manner about them."

Work highlights Assisted Premiere Conferencing (UK) with employment matters concerning its acquisition of ACT Teleconferencing.

Provides ongoing assistance to Molson Coors Brewing regarding various employment-related issues.

Notable practitioners  

Clients describe Zelda Garbett as being "proactive and responsive" and note that she has a strong knowledge of the market.

Significant clients TNS (UK), Smith & Nephew, SThree, Mamas & Papas, Gazprom Energy.  

Litigation - North West

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers
- Ranked office locations: Manchester

What the team is known for Manchester team taking advantage of a network that crosses multiple jurisdictions, enabling the department to handle litigation with an international facet. Areas of activity include foreign debt collection, pensions, IT data protection and banking litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are prompt, professional and offer good advice."  

"Decent lawyers doing decent quality work."  

Work highlights Representing the trustees of First City Insurance Brokers Pension Scheme in a £17 million professional negligence claim against Mercer. The claim arises out of the incorrect valuations of liabilities.

Notable practitioners  

Lucci Dammone is a commercial litigator with a wealth of experience representing clients before English and Italian courts. His recent instructions have featured a defamation claim,and representing a major company in a pensions dispute. One client particularly appreciates his "attention to detail, prompt responses and high success rate."

Victoria Leigh is solidifying her reputation in the litigation market, with a particularly strong name in pensions dispute and financial services work. Her work has been of significant value to major clients, including a professional negligence claim and a dispute arising from defective products. She is considered to be particularly adept in complex and technical matters.

Significant clients Stobart Group, US Airways, Georgia Pacific, INEOS Group, Yorkshire Building Society.

Pensions - North West

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

What the team is known for Noted expertise in handling Pension Protection Fund compromise deals. Acts for trustees and employers on the full range of pensions issues, including scheme closures and funding arrangements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It gives me a great deal of confidence to do my job knowing I have great people supporting me."

What's new? New clients include Dee Valley Water, VINCI Construction and HSB Engineering Insurance.

Notable practitioners  

David Griffiths "is an outstanding lawyer who is always prepared to give a considered view," commentators said. Clients reported that they "get such reassurance from the tone and manner of what he does." He has more than 20 years' experience advising clients on pensions issues.

The "highly practical" Charmian Johnson advises employers and trustees on issues including scheme mergers. "She makes sure I understand the risks and will provide very high-quality and succinct advice," enthuses one client.  

Significant clients Joy Global Industries, SPX Corporation, JLT Benefit Solutions, Brammer, API Group Pension Fund.

Real Estate - North West

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

What the team is known for Proficiency in the renewables sector, from hydro and wind power to biomass schemes. Also provides counsel on major development projects. 

What's new? New client wins include AG Renewables, The Royal British Legion and Peel Holdings.

Work highlights Advised Windberry Energy on its £30 million purchase of multiple sites for development as wind farms.

Represented Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council in its joint venture redevelopment of Rochdale town centre. 

Notable practitioners  

An "excellent technical lawyer," Mark Gaffney centres his practice on development and regeneration projects, particularly those involving joint ventures. Sources say he is "very pragmatic, easy to get on with," and "able to conclude transactions quickly and efficiently."

Liam Buckley heads the property team and is described by sources as "undeniably a very competent and skilled practitioner." He has notable experience the utilities sector and is also strong in property finance, leasing and estate management. 

Significant clients Scottish Power, Manchester City Football Club, EDF, Aldi Stores, Michael Page Group.

Restructuring/Insolvency - North West

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

What the team is known for Able to effectively utilise the firm's significant international footprint to provide clients with a seamless service on cross-border matters. Offers particular expertise in asset-based lending and pensions-related insolvency.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They provide a very bespoke service with a strong desire to understand their clients."

"If I was referring or recommending someone, they would be my first choice."

Work highlights Advised KPMG on the large, pre-pack administration of the Klarius Group, a leading after-sale car parts manufacturer. This involved the sale of its UK business and assets. 

Continued to act for administrator PwC in connection with the ongoing restructuring of Magnus, a commercial and residential property portfolio management business.

Notable practitioners  

Susan Kelly has significant experience of acting lender-side on a wide range of restructuring and insolvency matters. Clients describe her as "robust" and agree that she "provides a real partner-led approach to client service."

Significant clients FRP Advisory, Begbies Traynor, Leonard Curtis, Grant Thornton, Duff & Phelps.

Tax - North West

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

What the team is known for Handles the majority of the firm's employment-related tax work, as well as having great expertise in pension and employee share tax matters. Handles a significant amount of cross-border work, such as international restructurings, particularly those with US elements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very good at keeping us informed. They keep an eye on ongoing issues, like increasing risks thanks to changes in regulations."

"A global firm with a local presence, that gives timely and practical advice."

Work highlights Acted for Dr Martens on tax aspects of its employee share scheme arrangements and its subsequent £300 million sale to Permira.

Advised SKA Organisation on complicated and untested areas of VAT law, where VAT leakage was threatening the viability of the construction of the world's largest radio telescope.

Notable practitioners  

Patrick Ford is highly experienced in corporate and property tax matters, and is also strong on pension-related tax. Clients say: "He has the pulse and understands how tax works. You think to yourself, 'he's a find'." He recently advised Outsourcery on obtaining tax clearances from HMRC in relation to its IPO.

Significant clients EDF Energy, Greggs, BASF, WPP, AppSense.

Banking Litigation - The Regions

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

What the team is known for Solid presence in the market with significant global expertise. Offers high-quality advice on professional negligence cases, acting on numerous high-value claims for a range of lender clients including banks and building societies.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  

"They understood what we were after, and applied local relationship management as well as the ability to tap into a national and international network. They took time to understand the intricacies of what we were talking about, not just from a legal but also a technical perspective. They went the extra mile."

"They're excellent, really good at giving commercial advice and picking up on things. They're also good at trying something novel and thinking outside the box - they have an innovative approach."

Notable practitioners  

New partner Russell Kelsall is hailed as an "expert in the industry who knows exactly what to do in any given situation." He offers the full range of financial services advice, with a focus on consumer and credit law, and acts for a variety of clients, including those in the retail and motor industries. One source commends him as "very clued-up and able to give advice in a succinct, practical way."

Sources comment that head of finance litigation Anthony Taylor "understands what we're looking for, the advice and strategy, and is easy to work with." He represents clients in a considerable range of finance and tax-related litigation, focusing in particular on professional negligence claims. He is also well versed in mediations.

Health & Safety - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Focuses on high-end health and safety matters for large corporates and their directors, and is also sought after for insurance-based work. Represents significant organisations in the renewable energy and power generation spaces in addition to chemical, nuclear and waste.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I find that the service and level of expertise are excellent. If I need some urgent advice I know I can go to them and that they're reliable and will get it done."

"We've established a happy relationship. They're very well established and have a good feel for the right way to approach these cases."

What's new? Added Electric Insurance and Living Ventures to its extensive list of big-hitting clients.

Work highlights Acted on a three-week inquest on behalf of a fire officer regarding the fatality of an elderly person following carbon monoxide poisoning. The client was also under investigation for a potential manslaughter charge in relation to the event.

Advised Sonae Industria on an incident that led to the death of two people.

Notable practitioners  

Rob Elvin is the European head of the environmental, safety and health group. He "is very experienced and provides good-quality advice - as a result of his advice we've been able to put better systems in place," reports one very satisfied client. In a recent highlight, Elvin provided representation to a fire officer during an inquest regarding an elderly woman who died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Gary Lewis recently advised Sonae Industria (UK) in regards to a double fatality. Clients say: "He is reliable, down to earth and easy to get on with. His knowledge is excellent."

Significant clients SITA UK, ScottishPower, National Grid, Gate Gourmet, Cott Beverages.