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Eversheds LLP


Eversheds LLP - London
  • 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 50 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 generation and distribution; financial institutions; food and drink; health and life sciences; hotels; industrial engineering; leisure and entertainment; local government; media; mining and natural resources; oil and gas; property companies; retail; sport; technology; telecommunications; transport; water.
Specialist Services: Banking and finance; business risk services; commercial agreements; company secretarial; competition, construction and engineering; consultancy services; corporate; cost control; data protection; dispute resolution and litigation; employment and labour law; environment/health and safety; EU and regulatory; 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 Work: www.eversheds.com provides contact details for all global offices and partners; useful information about our sector and service specialisms; informative e-briefings and videos; our seminar and training programme; and links to our vibrant social media presence.

Austria: Vienna: +43 1 516 20
Belgium: Brussels: +32 2 737 9340
China: Beijing: +86 10 6583 7300
Hong Kong: +852 2816 3200
Shanghai: +86 21 6137 1088
Czech Republic: Prague: +420 251 009 111
Estonia: Tallinn: +372 622 9990
France: Paris: +33 1 55 73 40 00
Germany: Berlin: +49 30 206 59 254
Hamburg: +49 40 80 80 940 0
Munich: +49 89 54 56 50
Hungary: Budapest: +36 1 394 3121
Iraq: Baghdad: +964 78091 67976 Erbil: +964 75030 10384
Ireland: Dublin: +353 1 6644200
Italy: Milan: +39 02 89 28 71
Rome: +39 06 32 25 844
Jordan: Amman: +962 6 566 0511
Latvia: Riga: +371 6 728 0102
Lithuania: Vilnius: +370 5 239 2391
Mauritius: Port Louis: +23 211 0550
Morocco: Casablanca: +212 522 220 070
Tangier: +212 539 39 81 38
Netherlands: Amsterdam: +31 20 5600 600
Rotterdam: +31 10 2488 000
Poland: Warsaw : +48 22 50 50 700
Qatar: Doha: +974 496 7396
Romania: Bucharest: +40 21 311 2561
Saudi Arabia: Riyadh: +9661 484 4448
Singapore: Singapore: +65 6572 5555
Slovak Republic: Bratislava : +421 220 251 311
South Africa: Cape Town: +27 21 761 1598
Durban: +27 31 583 8900
Johannesburg: +27 10 500 1122
Spain: Madrid: +34 91 429 43 33
Sweden: Stockholm: +46 8 545 322 00
Switzerland: Berne: +41 31 328 75 75
Geneva: +41 22 818 45 00
Zurich: +41 44 204 90 90
Tunisia: Tunis: +216 71 860 235
United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi: +971 2 494 3600 Dubai: +971 4389 7000
United Kingdom: England and Wales: 0845 497 9797 (from within the UK) or 011 44 20 7919 4500 (from the USA) or +44 20 7919 4500 (from every other country outside the UK);
Scotland: 0845 498 0370 (from within the UK) or +44 131 476 8370 (from outside the UK)


Banking & Finance - Manchester and surrounds

Basic facts about the department

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

What the team is known for Has successfully cultivated a reputation in the Manchester market for being one of the leading firms advising on corporate borrower work. Similarly well regarded for its breadth of work in the clean energy and sustainability sector. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers offer a joined-up approach, so that if any issues materialise in the work they are doing which are outside their discipline, they will call upon the most appropriately qualified lawyers across the practice to be able to resolve any issues and present a solution."

"They are very knowledgeable about the Manchester and Northern market."

"They provide us with a full and dedicated service covering not only banking and finance, but also property, planning, construction and commercial." 

Work highlights Advised Jerrold Holdings on the debt arrangements related to its issuance of a £200 million high-yield bond. 

Acted for The Co-operative Bank in connection with £22.5 million in financing for Biggleswade Wind Farm. 

Notable practitioners  

Nigel Dale is adored by clients who value the gravitas he brings when acting on their behalf during difficult transactions, as well as his ability to "go a step beyond the law and understand how businesses work." Appropriately, one peer describes him as an "acute operator with a big reputation."  

Significant clients HSBC, RBS, Lloyds Bank, Barclays, N Brown.

Construction - Manchester and surrounds

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

What the team is known for Key player in the national construction market. Acts on contentious and non-contentious matters across various sectors, including infrastructure, energy, utilities and transport.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Able to offer advice in all areas of our core business. They understand the financial drivers of our business and tailor their fee proposals accordingly."

"They are very proactive and fully understand where the market is operating at the moment."

Work highlights Handled all construction contracts for the building of a sixth form academy, leisure centre and other redevelopments in Beswick on behalf of Manchester City Council.

Advised Manchester Airport on a framework agreement for Airport City, an £800 million mixed-use development.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Simon Chamberlain leads some of the team's highest-value development projects. Sources say: "He provides solutions-driven advice and is commercially astute. He is well respected by some hardened construction professionals."

Paul Giles is a specialist in construction and engineering litigation and dispute resolution. He attracts a number of instructions on water, energy and transport affairs. 

David Moss is known as a solid construction lawyer in the market and has over 25 years of contract and disputes experience. He is also an adjudicator and mediator.

Significant clients United Utilities Group, National Grid Gas, Network Rail Infrastructure, Morgan Sindall Investments, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water.

Corporate/M&A - North West

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

What the team is known for Top-rated Manchester team with prominence in North-Western M&A, alongside significant cross-border experience. Noted for its particular knowledge of the aviation and chemical sectors, and wide-ranging activity in transactions involving public companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They know how to adapt their style for us. They provide timely, meaningful information, briefing us on what they are doing and confirming they are on the right track."

"Their plc expertise is very strong. It's a really formidable, seasoned team of lawyers."

Work highlights Advised Manchester Airport Group on an £800 million joint venture to develop an international logistics and business hub.

Acted for Zeus Capital and Oriel Securities as joint brokers on the £67 million IPO of Conviviality Retail.

Notable practitioners  

According to clients, highly experienced and respected figure Daniel Hall "brings gravitas to deals and is a good negotiator." Sources state: "He was quick, efficient, and had ideas I hadn't thought of - he tried to cover every angle." He recently advised telecoms company Daisy Group on its £18 million acquisition of IT procurement and support provider Indecs Group.

Practice head Simon Masters "very much thinks outside the box, and is very commercial and experienced. He is aware of the pitfalls in any aspect of a deal." He acts for public and private companies on a range of corporate transactions, such as health and social care provider Four Seasons Healthcare with its acquisition of care home owner Optimum Care.

The "very commercial and pragmatic" Alasdair Outhwaite is a growing presence in the Manchester transactional market, with wide-ranging experience of M&A and private equity matters.

Significant clients Flybe, Princes Foods, INEOS, Booker Group, Fairpoint Group. 

Employment - North West

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

What the team is known for Superb employment practice handling matters such as TUPE, outsourcing, and employment matters relating to M&A, restructurings and reorganisations. Extremely active in both the private and public sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Incredibly professional and very responsive. They work with pace and energy."

"The team's response time is phenomenal." 

What's new? Michael Burns joined the team from DLA Piper in 2014.

Work highlights Advised UCEA on a legal challenge by the University & College Union against the implementation of legislative changes to redundancy collective consultation provisions.

Notable practitioners  

Naeema Choudry is described as "an incredible professional who goes out of her way to understand her clients' business." Her specialities include TUPE, large-scale redundancies and contractual disputes for employers in industries such as retail, aerospace and automotive.

Peter Norbury is a pre-eminent practitioner who is particularly well known for handling cases related to the high-profile terminations of senior executives. Sources say: "He is an amazing lawyer who has the reputation of being at the very top of employment law."

The "commercially astute" Michael Thompson is a standout figure in employment law, with particular expertise in large-scale reorganisations, executive terminations and injunctive relief. He is also a respected advocate before the Employment Tribunal and the EAT.

Diane Gilhooley is most prominent advising on matters related to employment within the education industry. She works for both private and public sector clients on matters such as redundancy and restructuring.

Michael Burns is noted for his activity across the board, for example in employee relations, TUPE cases and terminations. Clients comment that "he is exactly what we need: tough, pragmatic and great value for money."

Significant clients Booker, Makro, Sheffield Hallam, Speedy Hire, Turning Point.

Environment - The North

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for Experienced contentious and non-contentious practice offering high-quality advice across all aspects of environmental law. Particular areas of strength include transactional work, waste management and advice relating to shale oil and gas. Frequently instructed on issues across multiple jurisdictions due to its international network.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It is a leading firm in Manchester for environment work." 

Work highlights Advised Halliburton on the regulatory issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing, the process used to extract shale oil and gas, across Western Europe.

Notable practitioners  

Elizabeth Shepherd heads the firm's national non-contentious team and is experienced on a vast range of environment and health and safety issues including waste management, climate change and contaminated land. These strengths are further complemented by her specialist knowledge of shale oil and gas, and REACH regulations.

The "fantastic" Jane Southworth continues to be recognised for her specialist knowledge of regulatory and compliance matters such as REACH, WEEE and ROHS. One peer commented that she is "very good - a safe pair of hands and sensible."

Significant clients GlaxoSmithKline, Sims Group, Segro, Starbucks, Legal & General.

Licensing - North West

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

What the team is known for Established practice advising on a full range of licensing issues. Noted for its capabilities in both online and offline betting and gaming licensing. Regularly works with large-scale casino operators.

Work highlights Successfully acted for Laverstoke Park Farm in retaining the premise licence of a 20,000 capacity festival in Basingstoke.

Advised Genting Alderney on its application for an operating licence to enable online live streaming casino games from a Mayfair casino.

Notable practitioners  

Senior associate David Roberts heads the licensing department. He attracts high praise from clients, who comment: "If there was one legal adviser that I would not want to lose, it would be David; he comes up with solutions you can actually implement."

Significant clients Genting Casinos UK, Hotel La Tour, Euro Hostel, Almacantar, Cooper Parry.

Litigation - Manchester and surrounds

Basic facts about the department
- Ranked office locations: Manchester

What the team is known for International and local focus, with particular activity in representing clients in the chemical and transportation sectors. Involved in a range of disputes, including product liability and complaints to regulators, representing high-profile clients who operate on a global basis. Enjoys a seamless connection to offices and resources around the world.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It was a very technical issue, and they were able to talk fluently about it. They had a good understanding about what the issues were."

"They are sizeable in their resources and they have quality people."  

Work highlights Advising PMK on a dispute with Eddie Stobart arising out of a contract for the supply of services to the Mercedes Formula 1 racing team.

Represented AQA Education in a highly publicised matter relating to claims brought by 300 individuals following the changing of grade boundaries in 2012. A judgment was obtained that declared the client's decision was lawful.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Clavell-Bate is a clear authority in the litigation market, earning accolades for his achievements in the chemical sector, reputation disputes and media management, often handling highly publicised matters. One client claims: "His experience is key," while another values his "sound commercial approach to litigation."

"Impressive" litigator Matthew Taylor focuses his practice on a spectrum of commercial disputes. His experience in areas such as contract litigation, defamation and negligence claims is complemented by regular appearances in High Court matters. One client appreciated his ability to offer "very constructive advice and interpretation."

Significant clients INEOS, TNT, Daisy Group, Meyer Group, European Metal Recycling.

Pensions - North West

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

What the team is known for Strong team of experienced pensions practitioners. Particular expertise in handling liability management arrangements, as well as buyins and auto-enrolment work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They provide good advice which is both comprehensive and pragmatic."

"They do an excellent job. They always work to time and budget."

What's new? New clients include Americana International, Nestlé and Hubbell Trustees UK Pension Trustees.

Work highlights Advised the trustees of the MAN UK Group Pension Scheme on the consolidation of its trust deeds and rules. 

Advised the trustees of the Innovene Pension Plan and the INEOS Chemicals Pension Plan on issues relating to the Grangemouth petrochemicals plant. As part of the plan to save the plant, defined benefit schemes were moved onto a defined contribution basis.

Notable practitioners  

Elenor Lovering "adopts a team approach and has a style that is very reassuring to lay trustees," clients said. She is head of pensions in the Manchester office and works on a full range of pensions issues.

Ronald Graham is vastly experienced in the field of pensions. He is a well-known figure in the market, described by sources as "a very commercial and practical lawyer who will stand his ground in a collegial way."

Jonathan Walters "is very straightforward and will get the job done," according to market sources. He has experience advising on transactions and scheme advisory issues.

Sarah Lown "is good at putting things in a way that everyone understands," clients state. She advises on a variety of scheme administration issues, ranging from liability management to mergers.

Significant clients SPX Corporation, MSD Animal Health Pension Scheme Trustees, Renold, Thomas Cook Group UK DC Pension Scheme Trustees, Kingston Communications Pension Scheme Trustees.

Planning - North West

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

What the team is known for Maintains an excellent reputation in the North West, with the ability to handle a wide range of complex matters in the planning arena. Offers significant expertise in a wide array of matters, including regeneration projects, renewables energy and CPO compensation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We're very happy with the team - they're very proactive, they really think about the wider picture and they give really good advice."

"On public sector regeneration projects they're strong."

What's new? New client wins include Harworth Estates, Land Securities and Property Alliance Group. 

Work highlights Advised English Cities Fund on the £850 million Salford Central regeneration project.

Advised Almacantar on planning and listed building consent applications to convert Centre Point Tower to residential use from its current office status, alongside improvements to Centre Point House and the construction of an adjacent residential building.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Lloyd heads the team and is broadly recognised as a standout in the area. Sources commend his expertise on complex commercial projects planning matters. One client notes: "His depth of experience and knowledge on CPOs is pretty much unrivalled."

Significant clients Lend Lease, Muse Developments, Homes & Communities Agency, Taylor Wimpey, Countryside Properties.

Real Estate - North West

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

What the team is known for Covers the full spectrum of real estate work, with notable strengths in major development and regeneration projects. Prominent specialism in finance, particularly in acting for banks. Expertise advising on matters relating to airports.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Depth of knowledge certainly, coupled with a commercial and sometimes innovative approach to help crack difficult jobs." 

What's new? New client wins include MAKRO Properties, Stewart Milne Group and Barratt.

Work highlights Acted for Manchester Airport Group on its joint venture £800 million development of the Airport City.

Advised Colliers International on the £54 million sale of its King's Cross London Travelodge.

Notable practitioners  

Nancy Brown is well regarded for her real estate practice and is commended by sources as "commercial, practical and reliable in terms of delivering for the client." She heads the practice group and her work incorporates property finance and retail.

According to sources, Peter Winnard demonstrates a "depth and range of knowledge" in his regeneration and development specialisms. Recent highlights include advising Genr8 Developments and Kajima Partnerships on the £185 million retail-focused regeneration of Rochdale town centre.

Phillip Tunney maintains his respected standing in the property market. He is highlighted for his consistently strong practice and quality work, and has extensive knowledge in the chemicals sector, particularly in waste and minerals matters. 

Clients commend development and regeneration expert Michael Buchanan for "advising in a very practical manner." He works on both the public and private sides and is characterised as "always wanting to get the job done and commercial in his approach."

Significant clients Four Seasons Health Care, Muse Developments, INEOS, Homes & Communities Agency, ESSAR.

Real Estate Litigation - North West

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

What the team is known for Held in high esteem for its knowledge and experience in handling a range of real estate litigation matters including breaches of covenant, dilapidations disputes, issues relating to right to light and lease terminations. Also well known for its property advice in niche areas such as the telecommunications and agricultural sectors.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have good strength and depth."

Work highlights Represented Friends Life Management Services in a substantial dilapidations and service charge claim brought against it.  

Acted for Langtree Land & Property on a dilapidations claim.  

Notable practitioners  

James Batham is regarded by clients as "an exceptionally knowledgeable litigation lawyer." He is adept at providing clear and thorough advice in landlord and tenant disputes as well as professional negligence and insolvency claims.

Significant clients Praxis Real Estate Management, Cabot Carbon, Eggborough Power, Mitchells & Butlers Retail, Homes & Communities Agency.

Restructuring/Insolvency - North West

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

What the team is known for Well known for its expertise handling lender-focused restructurings. Often instructed to act on syndicated lends thanks to its presence on numerous major bank panels. Significant expertise in the real estate, leisure and healthcare sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very experienced, they know what they're doing and they give us good advice ."

"Their turnaround times: that's what attracts us to Eversheds." 

Work highlights Advised Barclays on a £12 million debt restructuring and the subsequent administration of the borrower.

Acted for Begbies Traynor and UKAR on the enforcement of security on an extensive buy-to-let portfolio in the wake of a major mortgage fraud.

Notable practitioners  

David Gray is experienced across the full range of corporate restructuring and insolvency matters, both contentious and non-contentious. Clients agree that his response times are impressive, and highlight that "nothing is too much trouble for him."

Significant clients HSBC, The Co-operative Bank, UK Asset Resolution, Nationwide Building Society, Lloyds Bank.

Employment - National Leaders (outside London)

What the team is known for Outstanding quality throughout England and Wales, with standout teams across the country. Advises on all aspects of employment law for clients in the public and private sector, with notable work on restructurings, defence of tribunal claims and industrial relations. Clients include Rolls-Royce, Diageo, BAE Systems, Next and Nestlé. Ranked offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham.

Notable practitioners  

Martin Warren is the head of the national HR group. 

Pensions - National Leaders (outside London)

What the team is known for Able to field strong pensions teams in several key regional markets. Frequently retained by top corporates and trustees. Noted for its public sector pensions expertise, advising local government and public bodies on the full range of scheme management matters. Key clients include National Grid, the trustees of the Homes and Communities Agency Pension Scheme and Legal & General. Ranked offices in Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds and Manchester.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I firmly believe that they are comfortably the best pensions law firm in Wales and certainly the best I have ever come across nationally."

Notable practitioners

Ele Lovering is a key contact.

Planning - National Leaders (outside London)

What the team is known for Able to handle nationally significant planning matters, supported by a broad network of offices throughout the UK. Provides energy sector expertise, representing key industry clients including RWE npower Renewables, Centrica and REG Windpower. Strong in major infrastructure projects. Ranked offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Leeds and Manchester.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their strength is in their size on a national front." 

Notable practitioners  

Richard Lloyd is a key contact.

Tax - National Leaders (outside London)

What the team is known for Established market presence, noted for its expertise in real estate taxation matters, as well as general corporate tax. Offers deal support as well as standalone advisory and transactional capacity. Focuses particularly on renewable energy projects in the North. Acts for notable names including Greencore, Taylor Wimpey and GDF SUEZ. Ranked offices in Leeds and Birmingham.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Still a Northern force - they have a good team in Leeds." 

Notable practitioners 

David Jervis is a key contact.

Education - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Experienced in acting for a client base spanning academies, trusts, free schools, independent schools and university technical colleges. Adept at advising on academy sponsorship, admissions and exclusions, and HR in schools.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They always provide a quick response when I need one. I know I can rely on them to prepare and exchange agreements in good time and to scrutinise documents. "  

"Outstanding service in all respects." 

Notable practitioners 

Diane Gilhooley and Ben Wood are key contacts at the firm.

Insurance - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for One of the strongest broker professional indemnity practices in the market and frequently called upon to defend claims of broker negligence. Also handles high-value, international coverage disputes for insurer clients.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They offered a consistent excellence of service over a number of years and are one of the best out there." 

Notable practitioners  

"Extremely good technician and strategist" Simon Brooks heads the insurance and reinsurance group for the firm. He has particular strength in defending professional liability cases, and in coverage work. Interviewees say he is "consistently excellent, hugely knowledgeable and a top advocate."

Significant clients JLT, Aon, XL Insurance, IRB Brazil, Lockton.

Public Procurement - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Cardiff, Leeds, London

What the team is known for Acts for local authorities, central government and other public bodies on the full range of procurement issues. Particularly noted for its rail sector practice. Additional capabilities in energy and healthcare matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a dialogue to understand the issue and give the best available advice."

"They explain everything very clearly." 

What's new? Totis Kotsonis joined the firm from Norton Rose Fulbright in 2014.

Work highlights Acted for the Secretary of State for Transport on a challenge to the award of the InterCity West Coast rail franchise to First West Coast.

Represented the defendant public body in the high-profile Covanta v Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority bid challenge litigation.

Notable practitioners 

Totis Kotsonis is a specialist in EU and competition law. "He is really excellent, a mega-brain who is always up to date on the most recent case law," enthused one client; "he is pragmatic but equally good with the academic side of things, and he tailors his response according to what you need."

Significant clients Department for Transport, Highways Agency, National Grid, Network Rail, DVLA.

Retail - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 42 partners
- 75 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office location: London

What the team is known for Pre-eminent team with standout expertise in the sector through the important areas of real estate and employment. The team is also experienced in advising on IP and commercial contracts.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A very strong retail group with notable work on the international side of things."

Work highlights Acting for McDonald's in a dispute over the breach of a joint venture agreement.

The firm supplies JD Williams' IP advice, including management of the company's global trade mark portfolio.

Notable practitioners 

James Batham heads the department and is a key contact for the firm.

Significant clients Greggs, Phones 4u, Next, Booker, Starbucks.