Firm profile submitted by Trowers & Hamlins LLP
The Firm: City, national and international law firm Trowers & Hamlins continues to flourish through successful specialisations across a broad commercial, real estate, litigation and private wealth practice. Particular strengths include housing and housing finance, central and local government, UK and international projects, company commercial, construction, commercial property and public/private sector projects and initiatives. Other specialisations include Islamic finance, planning, environmental law, employment, pensions, tax and charities. Trowers & Hamlins provides clear, practical solutions to achieve its clients’ objectives. The firm’s clients include banks, pension funds, institutional investors, private equity funds, public and private companies, local and central government departments, NHS Trusts, Registered Providers (RPs), charities and individuals.
Principal Areas of Work: Through its UK and international offices, the firm has developed a dynamic corporate and commercial practice, with particular strengths in real estate finance (including Islamic finance) and project work. As leading lawyers to the housing sector, the firm’s London, Manchester, Exeter and Birmingham offices advise government bodies, lenders and some 250 RPs and the firm plays a central, innovative role in policy making and the evolution of housing and regeneration projects. The firm has built a nationwide reputation for providing, expert legal advice to the public sector. It has been involved in a substantial number of PFI/PPP schemes and regeneration projects and is well known for advising local authorities on construction and partnering contracts. Other local government specialisms include stock transfer, housing market renewal, ALMOs, schools and universities, strategic partnerships and outsourcing schemes, including care homes, leisure facilities, maintenance, administrative and IT services.
Corporate: The department is a substantial team with a growing City profile. It advises public and private companies, both in the UK and overseas, and individuals operating in the financial, property, industrial and commercial sectors.
Real Estate: This practice provides a wide range of services to corporate clients, international businesses and individuals, with clients including institutional investors, developers, house builders, REITs, property companies, RPs and local authorities.
Projects & Construction: The department advises UK and international clients in a variety of sectors, spanning innovative PFI/PPP/DBFO project structures and joint venture/partnering initiatives. It has an established reputation for innovation, working in the forefront of changing legislation.
Litigation: This department deals with a wide range of commercial civil litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) both nationally and internationally, as well as public law and judicial review. It is also involved in banking, real estate, insolvency and employment and personal injury work. The department has a high reputation for its construction work, including mediation and adjudication.
Pensions: The Pensions team advises on all areas of pensions which enables the team to have a clear understanding of their clients’ needs, allowing it to offer business solutions to complex legal problems. The team acts for a wide range of parties including sponsoring employers, pension scheme trustees, and public and private sector bodies.
Private Wealth: The department provides legal advice to individuals with industrial or commercial wealth, invested assets or landed estates. It is concerned particularly with tax planning, trusts, wills, probate, charities and the administration of trusts and estates, as well as the management of substantial real estate portfolios.
International: The firm has a strong international practice, particularly in the Middle East, where it has offices in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai and Oman. It is especially well known for its construction as well as energy and infrastructure projects. The firm also has an office in Malaysia, reflecting its growing Far East client base.
Trowers & Hamlins is a member firm of the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Legal Services Framework, which is a means for contracting authorities to access legal services.