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Nabarro LLP - London
  • 125 London Wall
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC2Y 5AL
  • Senior Partner Graham Stedman
  • Managing Partner Andrew Inkester 

THE FIRM Nabarro is a leading international law firm which delivers the highest quality, businessfocused advice to clients, clearly and concisely, no matter how complex the situation. Nabarro is an energetic partnership with over 100 partners and 300 lawyers offering a broad range of legal services to major national and international clients from FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies to private, fast growth businesses and the public sector. The firm’s headquarters are in central London, with offices in Brussels, Dubai, Manchester, Sheffield and Singapore. It draws on an active European Alliance and longstanding relationships with a network of selected firms worldwide for its cross-border work.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK The firm’s core business areas are corporate/commercial, real estate, dispute resolution and infrastructure, construction and energy 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 market-leading 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 deliver 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.
Infrastructure, Construction & Energy: This group brings together specialists in infrastructure projects, waste, energy, development and regeneration, as well as related disputes work. The team works on projects across the UK and Europe, and, increasingly, the Middle East and Asia supported by both the Dubai and Singapore offices.
Sectors & Other Areas: The firm has extensive expertise and experience in key sectors (see opposite). It has a particular focus on financial services, healthcare, infrastructure, manufacturing and real estate, as well as specialist practice areas such as competition, ECM, employment, environment, intellectual property and pensions.

INTERNATIONAL Nabarro has an office in Brussels, Dubai and Singapore. In Europe it has an alliance with 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.

  • Arbitration Jonathan Warne
  • Banking & Finance Clive Swillman
  • Brand Management Guy Heath
  • Commercial Contracts Ben Hendry
  • 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
  • Environment Lukas Rootman
  • EU, Competition & Trade Cyrus Mehta
  • Fast Growth/Entrepreneurs Graham Stedman
  • Financial Services Alasdair Steele
  • Financial Services Regulatory Adrian Brown
  • Gaming, Hotels & Leisure Graham Stedman
  • Government & Public Sector Mark Rocca
  • Health & Safety Lukas Rootman
  • Healthcare Warren Taylor
  • Hedge Funds Andrew Wylie
  • Indirect Investments & Real Estate Funds Amanda Howard
  • Infrastructure, Construction & Energy Steven Williams, James Snape
  • Intellectual Property Guy Heath
  • International Patricia Godfrey
  • Life Sciences Guy Heath
  • Manufacturing Martin McKervey
  • Natural Resources Niall Logan
  • Pensions Jennifer Bell
  • Planning Martin Evans
  • 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


  • 125 London Wall,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC2Y 5AS
  • 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 Broad competition practice. Significant expertise in the pharmaceuticals sector.

Work highlights Represented GlaxoSmithKline in the OFT paroxetine investigation regarding reverse patent settlements.

Notable practitioners  

Cyrus Mehta is praised for his expertise in the pharmaceutical sector. Clients report that "he is always willing to take last-minute questions and gets back to us quickly with sound commercial advice." 

Clients describe Brian Sher as "intellectual, very able and very hard-working." His knowledge of behavioural competition matters is identified as one of his key strengths.

Significant clients Mercedes-Benz, Thomson Reuters, Telecom Plus, Nationwide, Hospital Corporation of America.

Construction - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 12 associates

What the team is known for Distinguished practice handling a wide range of transactional and contentious matters, including international arbitration. Focuses on advising those in the energy, infrastructure and property development arenas. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Nabarro provides consistently solid advice that is clearly aligned with our commercial aspirations and that focuses on the key issues."

"They have a strong, strategic approach, complemented with a grasp of the detail. They can work well with our frontline professional staff to deliver cost-effective results in short timescales."

"Excellent client service, excellent quality of advice, and dependable advisers in all matters relating to the construction sector." 

Work highlights Advised Great Portland Estates on the £500 million redevelopment of a former Royal Mail sorting office.

Acted for the landlords, GJ3 and GJ4, in a £170 million dispute concerning the design and construction of a wine bottling and distribution facility.

Notable practitioners  

"Straightforward, helpful and commercial," Steven Williams is a "calm and measured operator who is good on strategy and has an excellent manner with clients," according to sources. He specialises in dispute resolution.

Significant clients SSE, RWE npower, Long Port, Land Securities, Minerva.

Corporate/M&A - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for A firm with a strong UK practice, covering the full gamut of mid-market corporate work, including joint ventures and M&A. Features a strong bench of experienced practitioners.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The calibre of people at Nabarro is fantastic." 

"If you're looking for responsive, practical advice, with a team with a depth of resource, that's what they've got."

What's new? New client wins include The Investment Dar and McArthur Glen.

Work highlights Assisted Telecom Plus with its acquisitions of Electricity Plus Supply and Gas Plus Supply from npower for a combined £218 million.

Advised John Laing Infrastructure Fund on its purchase of a PPP portfolio from Mill Group, in a deal worth £239 million.

Notable practitioners  

Iain Newman is a highly experienced corporate practitioner who heads up the department. He advised Telecom Plus on its purchase of two companies from npower for a total £218 million.

Graham Stedman is noted as a "really good guy who understands the approach to deals rather than just the heavy legal stuff." He led the firm's work for Sportingbet in its buyout by William Hill and GVC Holdings for £485 million.

Warren Taylor is particularly known for his work in the healthcare sector, although his practice covers all manner of corporate work. He assisted four clients, including RBC Capital Markets, with the reverse takeover of Trinity Exploration & Production by Bayfield Energy Holdings.

Significant clients Primary Health Properties, Health Care REIT, Euromoney Institutional Investor, Care UK, Quintain Estates & Development.

Environment - London (Firms)

What the team is known for Acts in conjunction with its national environment team to assist on corporate and real estate transactions, and to provide regulatory advice. Areas of expertise include contaminated land, waste and the requirements of the REACH regime.  

Notable practitioners  

Alex Ibrahim advises on the environmental aspects of real estate transactions, waste matters and energy project developments. Sources describe her as "pleasant to deal with and very commercial."  

Intellectual Property - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Above all recommended for brand protection, licensing transactions and trade mark litigation. Many clients in apparel, consumer goods and the technology sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are personable, helpful and hard-working."

"Very good advice and experience, and they offer pragmatic solutions." 

Work highlights Advises Aston Martin on its worldwide licensing arrangements.

Acts as sole external IP counsel to the University of the Arts, London, advising on collaboration agreements and brand protection strategy.

Notable practitioners  

Guy Heath is a highly experienced trade mark practitioner who handles transactions, portfolio management and litigation for clients in a wide range of sectors. Clients commend him for his technical ability and his strategic thinking.

Significant clients Car-Freshner, Levi Strauss, Pepe Jeans and Hackett, Oracle, Samsonite.

Litigation - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 27 partners
- 110 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Impressive bench and depth of sector expertise, covering areas such as finance and corporate claims. Frequently instructed on cross-border work, including fraud, insolvency and regulatory work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're well organised with clever fee-earners and good tactical sense. They clearly know what they're doing."

What's new? Lee Gluyas joins as a partner from DLA Piper.

Work highlights Represented Timeweave in the successful defence of Matchbet's £65 million claim for breach of a software development and licensing agreement.

Acted for Steven Goodman on his £26 million dispute with Tangerine Investment Management over the funding and operation of a litigation funding company, alleging unfair dismissal alongside a claim for bonuses based on three-year planned performance of the fund.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Warne heads the department and is praised for his "very good client skills - he's shrewd and easy to work with." His practice includes significant expertise in a range of commercial work, including rectification and breach of contract claims, and he is frequently instructed on international work.

Tom Dane's areas of expertise include property, pensions and finance, acting for an impressive array of high-level clients. Sources comment that "he's committed and he prepares witnesses very well to hold their own in front of highly distinguished QCs. He's highly intelligent, but is also a very good administrator."

Significant clients Office holders of Lehman Brothers Japan, Holland & Luxembourg, Nationwide Building Society, IBM Pensions Trust, Mercedes-Benz, Biffa Waste Services.

Pensions - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Well positioned in the market to provide a comprehensive pensions service to scheme trustees and employers. Particularly active on funding issues arising from risk management, for which it can draw on the support of its insurance and banking teams.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a good team and are good at putting the right people on each matter."

What's new? New clients include NDY Consulting, Ceridian, and Building and Civil Engineering Holidays Scheme Management.

Work highlights Worked with BAE Systems 2000 Pension Plan Trustees on a longevity swap with Legal & General covering £2.7 billion of liabilities.

Assisted Ocanti Opco (formerly UK Coal) in enabling liabilities in two of its schemes to enter into a Pension Protection Fund during a group restructuring.

Notable practitioners 

Ian Greenstreet was responsible for the pensions elements of Ocanti Opco's restructuring, which enabled liabilities in two schemes to enter a Pension Protection Fund. He is described by sources in the market as "one of the best technically," while clients state: "He can come up with good solutions and work on cutting-edge matters."

Anne-Marie Winton "provides clear, commercial and succinct advice," comment her clients, while other market sources consider to be "very hard-working and conscientious." She recently acted for DC Leisure Management on a number of pensions implications following the group's outsourcing and group restructuring.

Jennifer Bell "is very good at distilling quite complex issues, practical in her approach, and a very good communicator," notes one client. Key clients include IBM, which she advised on its litigation concerning an attempt to close two schemes to future accrual.

The "very sensible" Kate Richards assisted BAE Systems 2000 Pension Plan Trustees with a £2.7 billion longevity swap with Legal & General. Market sources regard her as "an extremely safe pair of hands, who can be trusted with anything."

Significant clients Atos pension schemes trustee, Bupa Pension Scheme Trustee, Phoenix IT Group, British Medical Association Trustee, Care UK.

Planning - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Noted for acting on large-scale commercial and residential development matters. The team's specialist planning viability group offers focused strategic advice on proposed developments. CPO issues are an area of particular focus within the department.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're outstanding, they're very client-oriented in terms of understanding our business and they're easy to deal with. A responsive and professional outfit."

"They talk to you on a pragmatic and open basis, and they're easy to understand rather than blinding you with legalese. They are able to bring their experience to that advice and that gives us comfort."

What's new? New client wins include McArthur Glen, Roxhall Developments and Leeds City Council.

Work highlights Acted for joint venture partners Hammerson and Standard Life on the £4.5 billion Brent Cross and Cricklewood regeneration project, which will include provision for 2,700 new homes and 75,000 sq m of new retail space to be built over a 20-year period.

Advised Google on its plans for its new UK headquarters at King's Cross, including negotiation of a Section 106 agreement for a complex and high-specification development.

Notable practitioners  

One happy client reported that Martin Evans is "extremely knowledgeable and very much results-driven, with a great ability to understand what we want and then make the process work for us. He has an uncanny ability to tease out what the issues are and make sure we are covered."

Joshua Risso-Gill advises on commercial developments, including retail-led schemes. One client comments: "We get a fabulous service from Josh and his team. He is pragmatic and he's done lots of big consents, which is very helpful. He guides us through to a positive conclusion."

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

Real Estate Finance - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Acts for a broad base of borrower and lender clients, including real estate funds and international sponsors. Strong presence on development finance transactions, particularly in the student accommodation sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're a very good team and really well organised. They're hands-on and practical, and there is a lot of partner contact. They're also keen to understand what your commercial drivers are." 

"Hugely efficient and able to take commercial views. Clear communicators and are also proactive in referring potential new work to bank customers."

Work highlights Assisted VALAD Fund Management on the restructuring of debt arrangements for a portfolio valued at over EUR100 million.

Represented the UNITE Group on several large matters throughout the year, including a development facility for three flagship developments for its London fund.

Notable practitioners  

Clive Swillman is well regarded for his work in real estate finance, incorporated into his wider practice as head of the firm's banking and finance team. His property-related experience includes structured, development and acquisition financings. Clients appreciate his "fantastic work ethic" and describe him as a "clear communicator."

Significant clients Urbanest, Brockton Capital, Quintain, Longbow Partners, Santander.

Real Estate Litigation - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Handles complex, high-value cases for significant clients. Strong reputation for assisting developer and investor clients with vacant possession and rights of light issues. Also noted for its landlord and tenant practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are a very good team. They are very commercial, motivated and driven to get the best result for the client, and they have the technical knowledge to back up what they are saying."

"The team has the experience and the talent to get you the solution that you want."

Work highlights Represented the developer of Spring Mews, Vauxhall in injunction proceedings regarding rights of light, party wall issues and crane oversail, as well as related breach of contract and surveyors' negligence claims.

Advised Hammerson on vacant posession strategy to secure a retail park outside Rugby, in Warwickshire, for redevelopment.

Notable practitioners  

Jennifer Rickard heads the team. Clients say she is "very good at giving straightforward and commercial advice." She recently acted for Glasgow City Council on an action for an injunction against the unlawful operation of a hotel in a property owned by the Strathclyde Pension Fund.

Julie Gattegno focuses her practice on development disputes and advice, as well as handling landlord and tenant matters. Sources commend her ability to achieve a positive resolution for her clients. 

Market sources regard Nick Lloyd as "exceptional on rights of light issues." He also advises developers on achieving vacant possession for high-value projects.

Nick Wood often acts for institutional real estate investors. Described as "simply superb on business tenancies," he is also noted for representing clients involved in large-scale redevelopments.

Significant clients Threadneedle, Hammerson, SEGRO, Saatchi & Saatchi, BlackRock UK Property Fund.

Real Estate - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 38 partners
- 106 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted for handling high-value asset sales and acquisitions for clients including property companies, institutions and inward investors. Particular expertise in structured deals and investment funds work. Strong development practice with a number of impressive regeneration mandates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are commercially minded lawyers and very in tune with our commercial focus. We get an excellent service from them."

"An impressive property outfit. They have the ability to set the agenda for a transaction; their key people have a depth of experience you don't often come across."

What's new? New client wins include Deka Immobilien, Derwent London and CPC Group.

Work highlights Advised Hammerson on its joint venture with Westfield to redevelop the Whitgift Centre in Croydon. The £1 billion regeneration scheme is set to deliver new retail and leisure space in addition to housing. 

Acted for AXA Real Estate Investment Managers on the £472 million acquisition of Ropemaker Place, Moorgate. AXA bought the asset on behalf of inward investors structured through a UK REIT.

Notable practitioners  

Amanda Howard specialises in funds structuring, joint ventures and complex investment vehicles. Clients consider her a "leading expert on indirect investments into property," and peers see her as "one of the top names with an amazing reputation."

Ciaran Carvalho heads the department. Sources say: "He knows how to look after his clients, and knows what a real estate company is looking for, which is not always easy to get across. He's got a lot of good legal experience but also commerciality, how to solve problems and get the key point of any instruction."

Deborah Parry recently acted on the £235 million sale of the London Stock Exchange building. Clients praise her diligence and willingness to take a hands-on role on their matters.

Simon Staite advises on top-end asset investment deals and development projects, often for institutional investors. Clients regard him as a "very good lawyer, very dedicated to our business with an exceptionally good knowledge of the law."

Kevin Stimpson focuses on development matters, acting for investors and developers on prime London commercial and mixed-use schemes. "He's great," clients say; "he's an integral part of our project."

Clients describe Robert Raimes as "extremely commercial. He thinks about the problem and the solution before we have, he's got great foresight. He has always been extremely thorough and we respect his advice."

Senior associate Sergio Vella gains strong praise from clients. One enthusiastic source describes him as a "fantastic individual. He is just very diligent and he's got an encyclopaedic knowledge of our matter. He's quicker in responding to things and is just a pleasant person to deal with."

Significant clients Land Securities, Great Portland Estates, Threadneedle, CBRE Global Investors, SEGRO.

Restructuring/Insolvency - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Major national practice, particularly adept at handling real estate issues on behalf of distressed companies. Additionally recognised for its strength in handling pensions issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm has very strong restructuring, insolvency and litigation capability."

"Real estate-led insolvency work is a niche specialism of the group." 

Work highlights The team advised UK Coal on its second major restructuring project, involving the restructuring of the group as a whole and of a significant pension deficit.

Advising Dunfermline Building Society on the realisation of real estate assets as part of the restructuring of the group.

Notable practitioners  

Head of the restructuring and insolvency team Patricia Godfrey acts for debtor and creditor clients in contentious and non-contentious proceedings. She is experienced in handling schemes of arrangement, restructurings and insolvencies.

Glen Flannery is recognised as a strong practitioner who has a wide experience of handling domestic restructurings and insolvencies. He acts for debtors and lenders, and is valued by his clients for his expertise and his diplomatic approach.

Significant clients UK Coal Operations, Petroplus Marketing AG, KPMG, PwC.

Tax - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Well-established bench, providing direct and indirect tax advice to clients involved in the real estate industry. Works with a variety of domestic and international institutional investors, REITs and developers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They get up to speed very quickly, and are very responsive."

Work highlights Advised UK Coal during its £900 million emergency restructuring in the wake of the Daw Mill colliery fire in February 2013.

Acted for UNITE Group on the £565 million restructuring and refinancing of its UK student accommodation fund.

Notable practitioners  

The "extremely knowledgeable" Michael Cant is described by sources as "an elder statesman in this market. He knows a lot and has been around the block. He is a very well-informed and experienced lawyer who is easy to deal with." He is a noted expert on indirect tax matters, especially those relating to VAT and stamp taxes.

Significant clients Great Portland Estates, Land Securities, Aviva Investors, Grosvenor, Quintain Estates & Developments.

Banking & Finance - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department

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

What the team is known for Particularly noted for its focus on restructuring matters, as well as complex, leveraged cross-border transactions. Works closely with the firm's corporate team to offer a comprehensive service to clients.

Work highlights Acted as a key part of the cross-practice team that handled UK Coal's high-profile restructuring process. 

Advised Hawthorns Retirement Group on the refinancing of its existing term loan facilities with Lloyds Banking Group. 

Notable practitioners  

Ben Hendry is a key contact.

Significant clients Santander, U Student Group, Brenntag, Bank of Scotland, Finance Yorkshire.

Construction - Sheffield and surrounds

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

What the team is known for A strong presence in Sheffield, often instructed on international matters. Advises clients on contentious and non-contentious matters, with a focus on energy and infrastructure projects, including wind farms and energy from waste.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very experienced people and engage with all sorts of companies so there is a lot that we can learn from them." 

"They have a very progressive way of working and are just really nice people." 

Work highlights Acted for EP Global Energy on the development of a now completed onshore wind farm at Tafila, Jordan. The project was valued at EUR300 million.

Advised Biffa Waste Services on a number of matters, including a time, money and defects dispute with a contractor on a new energy from waste plant.

Notable practitioners  

James Duckworth primarily acts on non-contentious cases, including recent wind farm and energy from waste developments. According to clients, he "gives very straightforward advice."

Department head Martin McKervey has a wealth of contentious experience and is viewed as a front runner in the Sheffield construction law market. He is held in particularly high esteem by clients, who describe him as "first-class."

Fraser Askham remains busy on a plethora of contentious cases. He has acted for a number of the team's key clients. In addition, he is often asked to act as a project adviser to clients hoping to avoid disputes at the earliest opportunity throughout a development.

Significant clients Amey, EDF Energy, CPC Group, Viridor Waste Management, Henry Boot Construction.

Corporate/M&A - Yorkshire

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

What the team is known for Attracts a sizeable market share in the Sheffield market with a long list of M&A transactions to its name. Noted for its focus on entrepreneurial businesses and local SMEs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The lawyers put things across in a way that's very easy to understand and they provide clear and to-the-point advice."

What's new? New client wins include Lafarge Tarmac Trading, Rank Recycling Scotland and Hallam Medical.

Work highlights Acted for Masco UK Window Group on its £3 million acquisition of Phoenix Door Panels.

Advised UK Coal on a second restructuring following a fire at the company's Daw Mill.

Advised Rank Recycling Scotland on its acquisition of waste-to-energy plant Scotgen as part of a pre-pack administration.

Notable practitioners  

"Outstanding partner" and head of corporate Benjamin Hendry is a key name in Sheffield's corporate finance scene, with experience acting for listed companies and SMEs.

Newly promoted partner Gareth Saynor continues to impress on M&A and joint venture transactions. His clients include Finance Yorkshire and Masco UK Window Group.

Significant clients Brenntag, Davy Markham, RATP, Finance Yorkshire, DC Leisure.

Employment - Yorkshire

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

What the team is known for Known for high-quality respondent work. Retains its particular focus on manufacturing and industry, as well as public sector institutions. Remains a frontrunner in both non-contentious and tribunal cases.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"As a team they are responsive and have a depth of capability: the partner could assign the appropriate associates to different problems."

"I had a very good experience. The legal approach of the solicitor representing us at tribunal was outstanding, and we had no need for a barrister."

What's new? Corac Group, Vaultex and Lafarge Tarmac are recent client wins.

Work highlights Assisted UK Coal with a massive and complex corporate restructuring and mass redundancy following the company entering into administration.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Tracey Marsden is noted by clients as "clearly knowledgeable, able to explain things if they are not clear and prepared to stand her corner and argue her case. An excellent team manager."

Significant clients University of the Arts, London, Costco, Intu Properties, PATROL, LCG.  

Environment - The North

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Sheffield

What the team is known for Market-leading expertise in all contentious and non-contentious issues relating to environmental law. Specific areas of strength include the mineral, infrastructure and chemical industries. Well versed in environmental permits, licensing laws and EU regulations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are excellent. Nabarro have the resources and staff to deal with a wide variety of legal matters and are very focused on delivering timely and accurate advice. I cannot fault their service or organisation."

Work highlights Acted for Whitemoss Landfill on a proposed development consent order for a new hazardous waste site.

Advised Nottinghamshire Recycling on potential liabilities throughout an investigation conducted by the Environment Agency.

Notable practitioners  

Regulatory expert Lukas Rootman heads the team's contentious practice. His expertise covers the mining, waste, chemicals and manufacturing industries. One client says: "He has a very thorough disposition but is still very effective and practical. He is very much focused on getting a result that makes sense for both his clients and the other side."

Rebecca Roffe is "very professional and knows her area incredibly well," according to sources. She advises clients on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious environment matters, and is particularly experienced in permitting and water abstraction. She is also praised for her ability "to draw out the best from everyone that she works with."

Significant clients Biffa, UK Coal Group, Murco Petroleum, Redhills, Lincoln Electric.  

Litigation - Yorkshire

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

What the team is known for Strong litigation department, pre-eminent in the Sheffield area. Wealth of experience in a variety of procurement disputes, such as those in the energy, transportation and healthcare sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"All very solid, capable individuals."  

Work highlights Defended the Department for Transport against claims from bidders arising out of the abandonment of the West Coast Main Line railway procurement after Virgin Rail's challenge.

Advised Molson Coors Brewing on a range of disputes including debt recovery and consumer credit disputes.

Notable practitioners  

George Lubega is the key contact.

Significant clients Lafarge SA and Lafarge Tarmac, NHS Supply Chain, UK Coal, FCC Skanska, Cape plc.

Real Estate - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Sheffield

What the team is known for High-quality advice encompassing a wide range of property matters, with particular prowess in retail and investment work. Regional and national strength, acting for both notable London-based and local clients. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team's technical knowledge and resourcing is absolutely excellent. The work is allocated accordingly, which is a really big asset, and the lawyers have a frankness and understanding of the commercial world."

"The lawyers have a real ability to understand what we do as a business and take on board all our commercial issues. They really have a sense of what is and isn't important, and provide the quality that we need."

What's new? New client wins include Bupa, Natixis and Benson Elliot Capital Management.  

Work highlights Acted for Intu Properties on its issuance of bonds totalling £485 million in relation to its Metrocentre retail park.

Advised Grosvenor on its £250 million disposal of multiple shopping centres. 

Notable practitioners  

Christopher Chambers is esteemed for his "very high-level, detailed but commercial" approach. Clients add that he is "very quick to ascertain the situation you're trying to achieve and is very good at negotiating with solicitors on the other side," and also point towards his depth of understanding of business objectives and intuitive grasp of the important points. He focuses on the retail sector, particularly shopping centre asset management.

Niall Logan heads the property practice and is lauded by sources for his "practical, commercial and strategic view." He is notably adept in the mines and minerals sector and recently worked on the second restructuring of UK Coal. 

Significant clients Aviva Investors, Land Securities, CBRE Global Investors, BlackRock UK Property Fund, Primary Health Investment Properties.

Real Estate Litigation - North East & Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Offices ranked: Sheffield

What the team is known for Strong reputation for providing expert asset management advice. Renowned for handling complex real estate disputes arising in connection with development projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very good at what they do - professional, helpful and reliable."

"They are very practical and adopt a commercial attitude and approach to legal challenges."

Work highlights Advised Hammerson on disputed real estate matters involving the high-value redevelopment of Eastgate in Leeds.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Stephen Scott is highly regarded by clients for his "depth and breadth of experience and expertise." He is adept at handling service charge disputes and dilapidations claims, lease renewals and terminations, and contentious landlord and tenant issues.  

Jane Turley is an accomplished adviser, admired for her work in landlord and tenant disputes, portfolio management and property-related professional negligence cases. Sources admire her "good lateral thinking process," with one interviewee stating: "I find her invaluable."

Significant clients Land Securities, SEGRO, CBRE Global Investors, intu, Lafarge Tarmac.

Capital Markets - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Well-regarded team mainly focusing on transactions at the upper end of the AIM market. Represents key mid-sized sponsors, NOMADs and underwriters, and clients from a wide range of industries including energy, online gaming and technology.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're commercial, thoughtful, responsive and pragmatic. They give the right advice for the client rather than the right advice for their fee-earning opportunity."

"Overall they've got strength and depth. It's a quality outfit."

Work highlights Advised John Laing Infrastructure Fund on its £235 million open offer, placing and offer for subscription.

Represented N+1 Singer with regards to the IPO of Weiss Korea Opportunity Fund and the associated £105 million placing.

Notable practitioners  

Iain Newman recently advised Oriel Securities on an investment by CIBC into the company. Clients state: "He's an excellent and highly commercial lawyer with a good technical understanding. He's a pleasure to work with."

Glyn Taylor recently represented Primary Healthcare Properties on a £68.5 million equity issuance. Market sources regard him as "experienced and sensible." 

Alasdair Steele advises clients such as Numis Securities, Allenby Capital and Shore Capital on a range of matters. Sources regard him as the "go-to person for AIM-related queries. Alasdair is very good, responsive and commercial."

Significant clients Numis, Enteq Upstream, N+1 Singer Advisory, Eurovestech, Corac Group. 

Energy & Natural Resources - UK-wide

What the team is known for Acts for operators in domestic coal and quarrying matters. Advises on issues such as real estate, planning, transactions and insolvency.

What's new? Appointed to the panel of Lafarge Tarmac.

Work highlights Acted for UK Coal in its appeal against refusal of planning permission for a surface mine at Bradley in County Durham.

Notable practitioners

Niall Logan is a real estate lawyer with a long-standing practice counselling mining and quarrying companies. He has broad expertise, frequently advising on acquisitions, disposals and mining rights.

Significant clients Rotherham Sand & Gravel, Celtic Energy, Coal Authority, Carlton Main Brickworks, Sibelco.

Financial Services - UK-wide

What the team is known for Handles payments law issues as part of its full-service financial services practice. Draws on expertise housed in a variety of departments, including IT, corporate and litigation. Advises a wide-ranging group of clients, from start-ups to card issuers.  

Notable practitioners  

Adrian Brown and Sam Robinson are key contacts for this practice.

Health & Safety - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Renowned for its experience in the mining, minerals, chemicals and energy spaces, in addition to construction, manufacturing and waste. Frequently handles cases relating to fatal accidents and also provides training and policy advice to its clients. Members of the team have developed key advocacy skills.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They do an incredible job working with experts and an incredible job with their preparation. We came out with a very good result due to their thoroughness."

"Very professional and very customer-friendly."  

Work highlights Represented UK Coal and the administrator, BDO Accountants, regarding the death of a UK Coal employee while working underground.

Provided cross-border advisory services to a global satellite construction and launch organisation, O3b Networks.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Lukas Rootman is noted for his expertise in product safety and environment matters, in addition to health and safety issues. Sources say he is "extremely passionate and committed," and instils "great trust in his clients."

Significant clients Veolia Environnement, GE Capital, Grosvenor Group, Quintain, Polimeri Europa.

Healthcare - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Advises both public and private sector organisations on regulatory matters and investigations as well as large-scale transactions. Notable real estate and M&A capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I have always found them to be very knowledgeable. They are very supportive and helpful in their approach."

What's new? New clients include Barts Health NHS Trust.

Work highlights Advised Danshell Healthcare on the acquisition of a 20-property hospital and care home portfolio.

Acted for Health Care REIT on care home acquisitions and associated regulatory issues.

Notable practitioners Warren Taylor leads the team.

Significant clients Care UK, HCA International, NHS Supply Chain, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust, Primary Health Properties.

Investment Funds - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Offers substantive expertise in real estate and private equity funds. Retains a good share of the market on both the investor and manager sides, acting on a considerable volume of mandates of late. The client base spans multiple jurisdictions and the practice also attracts numerous domestic names. Strong track record in fund closings, and the purchase and sale of portfolio assets.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I find that they're very responsive, that's one of their real strong points. They were great, turned stuff around quickly and were robust in their responses."

What's new? Curlew Capital, Luminar and Queensgate are all new client wins for the team.

Work highlights Assisted Tristan Capital Partners with seven closings of the European Property Investors Special Opportunities 3 LP Fund, raising a total of EUR950 million from establishment to final close.

Advised AXA Real Estate Investment Managers on the £472 million purchase of Ropemaker Place through a UK REIT structure.

Notable practitioners  

Amanda Howard heads up the funds and indirect real estate department and is described by a source as an "excellent" practitioner. She advised Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on its joint venture with Hermes Real Estate Investment Management, which was acting for BT Pension Scheme.

Deborah Lloyd is highlighted for her "responsiveness and efficiency," as well as her commerciality. She specialises in real estate investment funds and has established numerous Luxembourg-based funds.

Head of the alternative investment funds group Andrew Wylie attracts praise from clients, one of whom calls him "very responsive and very strong in the area, in terms of knowledge of the subject matter and bringing that to bear on the various agreements."

Significant clients Aviva Investors, Tishman Speyer, ATOS Pension Schemes, Grosvenor Fund Management, Hermes Real Estate Investment Management.  

Local Government - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Notable for its commercial and procurement work in the public sector. Its key clients include prominent local authorities across the South East and the North of England.

Work highlights Advised Leicester City Council on its Building Schools for the Future scheme, a £250 million programme for the refurbishment and reconstruction of schools.

Acted for Oldham Council in connection with outsourcing of management of ten leisure centres, as well as establishing two new leisure facilities.

Notable practitioners  

Tim Shaw is a key contact for this practice area.

Significant clients Watford Borough Council, Kent County Council, Barnsley MBC, Essex County Council, Westminster City Council.

Pensions Litigation - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Significant expertise in complex claims. Handles work in areas including rectification, equalisation and professional negligence. Receives frequent instructions from a wide-ranging client roster.

Notable practitioners

Neal Gibson is acclaimed for his adept handling of complex and high-profile litigation, with expertise including rectification claims and disputes over good faith. Sources comment that "he's very good at seeing the bigger picture and how things interplay." 

Jonathan Warne heads the department and is well versed in an impressive array of pensions-related claims. His experience covers areas such as rectification and professional negligence.

Associate Chris Stewart is acclaimed for his breadth of expertise in the field, with sources highlighting his work in high-profile cases. His experience includes professional negligence, rectification, equalisation and good faith.

Projects - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Acts on significant matters in the health, renewables, waste and defence fields. Represents public sector clients, bidders and lenders in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They've been thoughtful, commercial and pragmatic every step of the way."

"The team there are good and very commercially focused."

What's new? New client wins include Guildmore and Sir Robert McAlpine. 

Work highlights Advised a sponsor consortium consisting of EP Global Energy, InfraMed and Masdar on the USD290 million Tafila onshore wind farm project.

Acted for Equitix as part of a consortium on the £83 million Brunswick Housing PFI scheme.

Notable practitioners  

Robin Baillie's practice centres on the social infrastructure field, with particular expertise acting for sponsors in housing work. He is also experienced in secondary market work.

James Snape heads the firm's infrastructure and waste groups and receives frequent instruction on significant waste and renewables work in the UK and Europe. Sources describe him as "a good lawyer to deal with - he's pragmatic."

Significant clients DC Leisure, Biffa Waste Services, Kent Council, John Laing Infrastructure Fund, Wheelabrator Technologies.

Private Equity - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Highly active in the venture capital market, acting for early-stage companies in relation to a variety of investments. Continues to see a large number of instructions from technology firms, with financial technology an increasing focus.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I trust them to give sensible advice when it's needed. That's the key for us."

Work highlights Represented Lifebatt in the £5 million Series A investment into the company.

Worked with Balderton Capital on its £500,000 Series A round investment into Depop.

Notable practitioners  

John Finnemore is a senior associate whom one source calls "outstanding" and another describes as "capable, efficient and professional." He acted for Balderton Capital on its Series A funding of Depop.

Significant clients Accel Partners, University of Oxford, Lyst.com, GoCardless, Agilitas Partners.

Professional Discipline - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Experienced in representing doctors in hearings before the GMC. Advises on cases concerning the misconduct of teachers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have both a very good eye for detail and good judgement." 

Notable practitioners  

Chris Horsefield heads the firm's professional and regulatory risks department. He is noted for his representation of doctors in professional discipline cases.

Associate Victoria Lord is recognised for her expertise in the healthcare sector. Sources highlight her "excellent attention to detail." 

Rachel Cooper acts for regulators and regulated individuals from the healthcare and teaching sectors. She is described as a "very energetic and very positive lawyer who has a lot of drive to get things done." 

Yvonne Screene is regularly instructed by medical defence organisations to represent healthcare professionals in disciplinary cases.

Significant clients Medical Defence Union, National Council for Teaching & Leadership.

Public Procurement - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Advises local authorities on strategy, drafting bid documentation and setting evaluation criteria. Noted for its construction expertise. Also active on railways matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very familiar with both local government procurement processes and standard central government procurement documentation."

Work highlights Advised NHS Supply Chain on procurement of medical supplies for the NHS, including a number of bid challenges.

Acted for Hospital Corporation of America on a joint venture with Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.

Notable practitioners 

Cyrus Mehta is a recognised competition and EU law specialist with significant expertise in public procurement. One source describes him as "a very precise and clear thinker," while another says he "really knows his stuff."

Significant clients Sport England, Carbon Trust, Department for Transport, University of the Arts, Kent County Council.

Retail - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 38 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office location: London

What the team is known for Specialises in the largest and most complex deals at the very high end of the real estate market. The team also has strength in IP and employment.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very commercially minded lawyers, in tune with our commercial focus, which is quite unique."

Work highlights Acted for Aviva and Hammerson on the sale of their joint venture investment in the Queensgate Centre in Peterborough.

Notable practitioners

The head of the retail department is Andrew Banton.

Significant clients Costco, Whole Foods, Cineworld, Diesel, Lend Lease.