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with real strength and depth
In-depth and respected
Joe Mosby, Editor, Chambers UK
                                                                of the heights of 2008-09, when its turnover reached           number of individuals on circuit have been included                                                Joe Mosby
                                                                £125.6 million.                                                this time round.
The practice areas we cover in Chambers UK: A Client’s            The broader industry trend towards mergers aimed               By way of illustration, its two main leading lights, St
Guide to the UK Legal Profession are determined by what         at strengthening a position within an increasingly com-        Philips Chambers and No 5 Chambers have both posted
clients tell us would be most useful to them. To this end,      petitive market has also been evident in the West Mid-         healthy increases in the number of rankings they re-
our researchers seek to identify the prevailing trends af-      lands.                                                         ceive. St Philips Chambers has increased its total by 15
fecting clients in the legal market across the UK. This           Shakespeares has made a number of significant tie-           per cent and more, while No 5 Chambers has notched
in-depth knowledge is reflected in our rankings.                ups over the past 18 months as part of a concerted effort      up around a third more rankings than in the 2011 edi-
                                                                to boost its presence in the region and nationwide. Its        tion.
                                                                most recent merger, with Solihull’s Wood Glaister, will          At Chambers UK, it is our aim to highlight those law
West Midlands                                                   go live on December 1.                                         firms, barristers’ sets and individual lawyers who are
                                                                  However, market observers warn that mergers should           recognised as exceptional within their market. In order
2011 has been a tough year for the economy in general,          not be seen as a panacea and in some cases present             to identify the market leaders, we undertake a research
and the legal industry in particular. The challenge fac-        their own difficulties. In short, there is no simple solu-     process that involves an unrivalled number of interviews
ing law firms across the country is reflected in the key        tion to the pressures facing the industry. Nevertheless,       with key industry figures – over 40,000 last year.
indices of turnover and profit per equity partner (PEP),        the feedback we have received from the market reflects           These in-depth interviews with lawyers, their clients
with the vast majority of firms posting figures signifi-        a willingness to adapt. Those firms that have distinct         and other informed observers gives us great insight
cantly below pre-credit crunch levels. Birmingham giant         fields of expertise and excel at providing top-notch client    into developments in the market. Consequently, clients
Wragge & Co. has adapted better than most, with turno-          service will continue to thrive.                               across the globe respect our rankings, and recognise
ver growing 17.6 per cent over 2010-11.                           The Birmingham Bar meanwhile continues to do                 our independence.
  The firm has also recently posted half-year turnover          well in challenging economic times, and its sustained            I hope you find our rankings useful. To learn more,
figures that showed a 5 per cent increase on this time          strength is reflected in the increased coverage afforded       please visit our website at www.chambersandpartners.
last year. Nevertheless, last year’s figures were still short   to it in the current edition of Chambers UK. A greater         com or email me:

A team widely known for strength in serious crime
                                                                Band 1                                                        largest legal aid providers in England, and is ac-           munication.” Key matters include advising high-
 Crime                                                          Challinors Solicitors                                         cordingly an extremely high-profile name.                    profile sports personalities on road traffic issues.
 West Midlands                                                  Market sources agree that serious crime is one of             KEY INDIVIDUALS James Turner is a duty solici-               KEY INDIVIDUALS The well-regarded Catherine
 Leading firms                                                  this firm’s key strengths. It has offices throughout          tor and solicitor advocate who heads up the group            Junor heads up the group and she is regularly re-
 Band 1                                                         the West and East Midlands, and peers are “happy              and enjoys a “good reputation” in the market.                tained by high-level company directors and sports
 Challinors Solicitors                                          to refer it high-level work.” Recent highlights in-           He recently acted for the defence in an armed rob-           celebrities.
 Jonas Roy Bloom                                                clude advising on R v JT, a Court of Appeal case              bery prosecution.
                                                                concerning a murder conviction.                                                                                            Kangs Solicitors
 Tuckers Solicitors                                             KEY INDIVIDUALS Ghulam Sohail practises out                   Band 2                                                       This team is located in south Birmingham and
 Band 2                                                         of the West Bromwich head office. He wins consid-             Cartwright King                                              although its reputation traditionally lies in fraud
 Cartwright King                                                erable acclaim for being “conscientious                       This firm is traditionally known for its strength            work, it has also been developing a significant
 Glaisyers                                                      and very reassuring with clients, but not in a                in the East Midlands although it recently made               general crime practice of late. Work has included
 Higgs & Sons                                                   forced way.”                                                  some prominent lateral hires, giving its new Bir-            significant drugs cases.
 Kangs Solicitors                                                                                                             mingham-based criminal practice a good start in              KEY INDIVIDUALS Punjabi speaker Hamraj Kang
                                                                Jonas Roy Bloom                                               establishing a regional profile.                             is lauded for the strength of his client care.
 Purcell Parker Solicitors                                      This is a well-known criminal and commercial                  KEY INDIVIDUALS David Roy is known mainly
 Russell Jones & Walker                                         firm in Birmingham city centre and sources                    for his fraud and regulatory expertise, but also             Purcell Parker Solicitors
 Leading Individuals                                            agree that it retains considerable bench strength.            regularly handles general crime. One impressed               This Birmingham high-street firm attracts praise
 Senior Statesmen                                               Sources admire it as a “highly respected” group               sources comments that “I am very impressed; he               for its ability to “pull in lots of general crime.” It
 Roy, Nicholas Jonas Roy Bloom                                  with “strong in-house advocacy.”                              gets stuck in and cares about the job.” His recent           skilfully handles a high volume of work including
 Band 1                                                         KEY INDIVIDUALS “An outstanding name on                       highlights include advising on a conspiracy to de-           burglary and robberies.
                                                                the Birmingham scene,” Steven Jonas is a higher               fraud a major primary care trust.                            KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Purcell handles fam-
 Jonas, Steven Jonas Roy Bloom                                  courts advocate whose practice is characterised                                                                            ily work and general crime, and sources continue
 Sohail, Ghulam Challinors Solicitors                           by high-end work including Court of Appeal and                Glaisyers                                                    to be impressed by his market profile.
 Turner, James Tuckers Solicitors                               Crown Court matters. Senior statesman Nicho-                  This central Birmingham firm handles business
 Band 2                                                         las Roy continues to command considerable re-                 crime, personal injury and family law as well as             Russell Jones & Walker
 Coolican, Tim Russell Jones & Walker                           spect for his high-profile criminal work, including           general criminal defence and duty solicitor work.            The Birmingham-based team benefits from this
 Junor, Catherine A Higgs & Sons                                murder and road traffic matters. Ben Henry is a               Market sources agree that “it gets a good share of           firm’s national profile, and its criminal work of-
                                                                trained barrister who re-qualified as a solicitor in          quality instructions.”                                       ten involves aspects of professional discipline and
 Kang, Hamraj Kangs Solicitors                                  2008. He focuses more on business and fraud-                  KEY INDIVIDUALS Neil Ross is the main con-                   police law.
 Purcell, Michael Purcell Parker Solicitors                     related matters, although sources agree that his              tact.                                                        KEY INDIVIDUALS Team chair Tim Coolican is
 Roy, David Cartwright King                                     general crime expertise also warrants recognition.                                                                         a well-regarded practitioner who is “extremely pa-
 Up-and-coming individuals                                                                                                    Higgs & Sons                                                 tient with lay clients.” The Police
 Henry, Ben Jonas Roy Bloom                                     Tuckers Solicitors                                            The firm operates from offices in Brierley Hill and          Federation continues to be a major client. Susan
 Associates to watch                                            This large firm has offices throughout London                 Kingswinford.                                                Swan is an associate with a rising profile in police
                                                                and Manchester, as well as a “huge presence in                 Its motoring and criminal practice is exclusively           and disciplinary matters, and also handles sex of-
 Swan, Susan Russell Jones & Walker                             the Birmingham criminal market.” It is one of the             privately funded, and clients praise its “great com-         fences.

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4 chambers & partners

Dispute Resolution

                                                              A leading force
West Midlands
Leading Firms
Band 1
Pinsent Masons
Wragge & Co LLP
Band 2
Band 3
Eversheds LLP
Shoosmiths                                                    Band 1
                                                              Pinsent Masons
Band 4                                                        This firm’s dispute resolution group is
Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP                                a commanding presence in the market
Bevan Brittan LLP                                             and acts for an impressive array of na-
Cobbetts LLP                                                  tional and international clients. The
Freeth Cartwright LLP                                         practice possesses a wide range of ex-
                                                              pertise in the commercial and corpo-
George Green LLP                                              rate spheres, including major contrac-
Hill Hofstetter LLP                                           tual, shareholder, fraud and M&A dis-
Martineau                                                     putes.
Mills & Reeve LLP                                               Clients include HSBC, Siemens and
Moran & Co                                                    Britannia Building Society.
Squire Sanders Hammonds                                         Commercial Awareness: “They focus
                                                              their approach on a strategy that is tai-
Band 5                                                        lored to the client’s business aims.”
Challinors Solicitors                                           KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of depart-
                                                              ment Greg Lowson is widely recognised
Harvey Ingram LLP                                             as a leading figure in the market. He is a
Higgs & Sons                                                  solicitor advocate and accredited media-
Shakespeares                                                  tor, with extensive experience of com-
Alphabetical order within each band. Band 1 is the highest.   plex high value disputes. Sources say
                                                              Jonathan Fortnam is “an excellent
Leading Individuals                                           strategist who grasps the key issues in
Band 1                                                        a dispute quickly.” His corporate exper-
Barker, Stephen Hill Hofstetter LLP                           tise is matched by his know-how in the
Goodrham, Stephen Gateley                                     professional negligence and procure-
Lowson, Greg Pinsent Masons
Manning Cox, Andrew Wragge & Co LLP                           Wragge & Co LLP
Band 2                                                        This team is hailed by sources as a lead-
                                                              ing force in the West Midlands, with one
Bennett, Diane Eversheds LLP                                  interviewee enthusing: “They are ex-
Bishop, Alexandra Shoosmiths                                  tremely highly rated.” The team’s ster-
Busby, Christopher N Eversheds LLP                            ling reputation is well earned, thanks to
Ellis, Tom Wragge & Co LLP                                    its experience of frequently acting in
Fortnam, Jonathan Pinsent Masons                              high-profile trials. In a recent case in
Gordon, James Wragge & Co LLP                                 point, the firm acted for CPC Group in its
                                                              high value breach of contract claim
Hofstetter, Jonathan Hill Hofstetter LLP                      against Qatari Diar Real Estate Invest-
Moran, Patrick Moran & Co S                                   ment Company over the proposed rede-
Smith, Andrew Wragge & Co LLP                                 velopment of the Chelsea Barracks in
Band 3                                                          KEY INDIVIDUALS Andrew Man-
Adams, Andrew Martineau                                       ning Cox is firmly established as a lead-
Allen, Steve Mills & Reeve LLP                                ing presence in the market and pos-
Bamford, Nicholas A DLA Piper UK LLP                          sesses considerable expertise in complex      Alexandra Bishop
Bowker, Neil DLA Piper UK LLP                                 corporate and commercial disputes.
                                                              Clients highlight Tom Ellis for his “excel-   Bowker has been active recently defend-    garded practice encompassing com-
Garbett, Simon Squire Sanders Hammonds                                                                      ing Compass Group against high value       mercial disputes, professional negli-
                                                              lent academic approach and business
Joyce, Raymond Freeth Cartwright LLP                          acumen.” His impressive client list in-       claims arising from an alleged introduc-   gence and banking issues. Mark Sur-
Kendall, Adam J Bevan Brittan LLP                             cludes Sotheby’s Auction House. Head of       tory-fee arrangement.                      guy recently joined the firm from Pin-
Lancaster, Andrew Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP              department James Gordon recently                                                         sent Masons. He has a strong reputa-
Lowe, Julia Higgs & Sons                                      acted for Russian property developer          Band 3                                     tion in the region.
Spooner, Andrew Wright Hassall LLP                            Synergy in its dispute with RGI Interna-      Eversheds LLP
                                                              tional. Andrew Smith wins praise as           This team is highly popular with cli-      Gateley
Whittingham, Richard Cobbetts LLP                                                                           ents, who praise its ability to “work      This compact team continues to impress
                                                              “one of the best litigators in the region.”
Williams, Neil George Green LLP                                 He demonstrated his abilities acting in     well with in-house teams.” The Bir-        market sources with its range of capa-
Associates to watch                                           the CPC Group litigation.                     mingham office of this national firm       bilities in corporate and commercial
                                                                                                            acts for an impressive array of cli-       disputes. The firm’s expertise includes
Speed, Timothy Martineau                                      Band 2                                        ents, including Santander UK, Sev-         professional negligence, contractual and
Surguy, Mark Eversheds LLP                                    DLA Piper UK LLP                              ern Trent Water and National Grid.         real estate disputes, and banking and
Alphabetical order within each band. Band 1 is the highest.   This disputes practice continues to be a      The group’s diverse expertise sees it      financial issues.
                                                              significant presence in the West Mid-         act in financial services and bank-          KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources are full
Recommended for Commercial Awareness                          lands market, acting for a range of na-       ing, utilities and fraud-related dis-      of praise for Stephen Goodrham, who is
West Midlands                                                 tional and international clients. High-       putes.                                     hailed as “an assured and top-quality
Cobbetts LLP                                                  profile clients include HSBC, DSG Inter-        Client Service: “They always seek to     litigator.” He possesses experience in a
Eversheds LLP                                                 national and Kodak. The team enjoys a         deliver for the client and are always      wide variety of commercial matters, with
Freeth Cartwright LLP                                         well-deserved reputation for the breadth      willing to put themselves out in terms     a particular knowledge of injunctions,
                                                              of its expertise in commercial and cor-       of availability and turnaround.”           professional negligence and partnership
Moran & Co                                                    porate disputes, along with a growing           Commercial Awareness: “They’re           disputes.
Pinsent Masons                                                presence in domestic and cross-border         very quick to grasp the salient busi-
Recommended for Client Service                                arbitration.                                  ness issues of a difficult case.”          Shoosmiths
West Midlands                                                   KEY INDIVIDUALS Department                    KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of practice         The disputes team at Shoosmiths acts in
                                                              head Nicholas Bamford is commended            Diane Bennett is highly popular with       concert across its Birmingham and
Eversheds LLP
                                                              by sources for his expertise in a broad       clients, who enthuse that she “listens     Milton Keynes offices and enjoys a well-
Higgs & Sons                                                  range of commercial disputes and for his      to your concerns and excels at sug-        deserved reputation for the high calibre
Martineau                                                     specialisation in civil fraud issues and      gesting a strategy for moving forward.”    of its work. The team acts in an impres-
Shakespeares                                                  directors duties. Department head Neil        Christopher Busby enjoys a highly re-      sive range of disputes spanning the re-
                                                                                                                                                                chambers & partners 5

in the West Midlands
                                                                                                                                      expertise in professional negligence dis-     Squire Sanders Hammonds
                                                                                                                                      putes.                                        The Birmingham-based disputes team
                                                                                                                                                                                    of this national and international player
                                                                                                                                      Hill Hofstetter LLP                           enjoys a strong reputation for its work in
                                                                                                                                      This firm enjoys a strong reputation for      the region. The practice boasts a wide
                                                                                                                                      the quality of its work in both domestic      range of expertise in contractual and
                                                                                                                                      and cross-border commercial and cor-          shareholder disputes, financial services
                                                                                                                                      porate disputes. The team demonstrated        and professional negligence.
                                                                                                                                      its capacity for high-end litigation re-        The team acts for high-profile clients
                                                                                                                                      cently in acting for Siemens before the       such as AXA UK and Aston Villa FC.
                                                                                                                                      Competition Appeals Tribunal in a major         KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of the Bir-
                                                                                                                                      case against National Grid.                   mingham department, Simon Garbett is
                                                                                                                                        KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of practice            highly regarded for his broad commer-
                                                                                                                                      Stephen Barker continues to be one of         cial and corporate disputes practice.
                                                                                                                                      the leading practitioners in the local
                                                                                                                                      market. He has a broad expertise in           Band 5
                                                                                                                                      commercial and corporate disputes and         Challinors Solicitors
                                                                                                                                      is a CEDR accredited mediator. Jonath-        This team boasts excellent regional cov-
                                                                                                                                      an Hofstetter is admired by market            erage with offices in Halesowen, Bir-
                                                                                                                                      sources for his commercial disputes           mingham, Wolverhampton, West Brom-
                                                                                                                                      practice and led the team acting for Sie-     wich and Nottingham. The team han-
                                                                                          Julia Lowe                                  mens. He adds expertise in the technol-       dles a variety of commercial and corpo-
                                                                                                                                      ogy and IP sectors to his cross border        rate disputes as well as professional
                                                                                                                                      disputes experience.                          negligence cases. The team is ably sup-
                                                                                                                                                                                    ported by the firm’s strong fraud and
                                                                                                                                      Martineau                                     asset recovery department.
                                                                                                                                      The team at Martineau wins glowing              KEY INDIVIDUALS Peter Lowe leads
                                                                                                                                      praise from clients, who say “they fine-      the disputes practice.
                                                                                                                                      tune their approach to achieve the best
                                                                                                                                      results for your business.” The firm re-      Harvey Ingram LLP
                                                                                                                                      cently demonstrated its capability when       This team enjoys a strong presence in
                                                                                                                                      it represented British company YouTrav-       the market, acting in a wide variety of
                                                                                                                             and its Greek subsidiary against       corporate and commercial disputes. The
                                                                                                                                      claims in the Florida Bankruptcy              firm possesses expertise in partnership
                                                                                                                                      Courts.                                       and shareholder disputes, IP, insolvency
                                                                                                                                         Client Service: “The practice is highly    and professional negligence.
                                                                                                                                      efficient and always available to meet          KEY INDIVIDUALS Chris Saul leads
                                                                                                                                      your needs.”                                  the team.
                                                                                                                                         KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of depart-
                                                                                                                                      ment Andrew Adams receives high               Higgs & Sons
                                                                                                                                      praise from clients for being “a very prag-   This Brierley Hill-based team enters the
                                                                                                                                      matic and solutions-focused lawyer.” He       rankings this year with the glowing
                                                                                                                                      adds expertise in corporate recovery and      praise of sources. The team handles a
                                                                                                                                      debt recovery to his practice. Timothy        wide variety of corporate and commer-
                                                                                                                                      Speed continues to impress sources,           cial matters, including contractual,
                                                                                                                                      who say he is “approachable and friend-       shareholder and partnership disputes,
                                                                                                                                      ly, but firm with the other side when         and IP and professional negligence mat-
Greg Lowson                                                                               Andrew Manning Cox
                                                                                                                                      necessary.”                                   ters.
tail, automotive and IT sectors.            Bevan Brittan LLP                                                                                                                         Client Service: “They deliver pragmatic
  Its high-profile roster includes Jaguar   Clients praise this team for its “efficient   Freeth Cartwright LLP                       Mills & Reeve LLP                             analysis and outstanding client serv-
Cars and Land Rover, Next and Calor         and realistic billing structures.” The        This firm’s disputes team continues to      Sources say this is “an extremely profes-     ice.”
Gas.                                        team acts across a range of disputes,         impress market observers. The practice      sional outfit with fantastic legal knowl-       KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of depart-
  KEY INDIVIDUALS Experienced               including contractual, insolvency and         continues to cement its position in the     edge.” The practice advises on a number       ment Julia Lowe is highly praised by
commercial litigator Alexandra Bishop       public sector disputes as well as profes-     local market, acting in a variety of cor-   of domestic and cross-border corporate        clients for her “commercial and prag-
is hugely popular with clients, who say     sional negligence. It acts for clients such   porate and commercial matters encom-        and commercial disputes. Its impressive       matic approach, which is married to
“she combines fantastic experience and      as Motorola, Lloyds Banking Group and         passing contractual, shareholder dis-       client roster includes BUPA, The Law          great strategic vision.”
legal knowledge with outstanding client     the Wincanton Group.                          putes and fraud.                            Society and Toyota Tsusho.
communication.”                               KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of the Bir-              Commercial Awareness: “A very com-          KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of practice            Shakespeares
  She divides her time between the firm’s   mingham team Adam Kendall wins                mercially minded team.”                     Steve Allen is praised by sources for his     Sources say this firm “delivers a speedy
Birmingham, Milton Keynes and North-        glowing praise from clients: “He is in-         KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of depart-           “commercial approach and outstanding          service and provides effective alterna-
ampton offices.                             credibly diligent and always ensured we       ment Raymond Joyce is praised as “a         client relations.” He adds particular         tive solutions for the client.” The team
                                            were happy with how matters pro-              highly tenacious litigator with outstand-   expertise in shareholder issues and           handles a variety of commercial dis-
Band 4                                      gressed.”                                     ing commercial acumen.” As a former         breach of warranties to his general cor-      putes, including contractual disputes,
Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP                                                            civil engineer he brings formidable expe-   porate and commercial disputes prac-          franchising and product liability is-
This firm enjoys a well-deserved reputa-    Cobbetts LLP                                  rience of the construction law sector to    tice.                                         sues.
tion in the market for the quality of its   Clients are full of praise for this team,     his practice.                                                                               Client Service: “Their excellent sup-
commercial disputes practice. The two-      which acts in a variety of domestic and                                                   Moran & Co                                    portive approach reassures corporate
partner team possesses wide-ranging         international cases. The team’s wide-         George Green LLP                            This team acts in commercial disputes         clients that they are doing the right
expertise including professional negli-     ranging expertise of corporate and com-       This Cradley Heath-based team is a          across a range of sectors, with a particu-    thing.”
gence, property, contractual and breach     mercial disputes includes competition         strong presence in the local dispute        lar focus on contractual issues. It has         KEY INDIVIDUALS Mark Beesley is
of warranty disputes.                       law, professional negligence and breach       resolution market. The practice handles     won significant clients such as GM UK         the head of department.
  KEY INDIVIDUALS Andrew Lancas-            of warranty issues.                           a wide variety of commercial and corpo-     and Saab Great Britain.
ter is highly regarded by market sources      Commercial Awareness: “They were            rate disputes spanning partnership,           Commercial Awareness: “They are             Other Notable Practitioners
for his abilities in dealing with commer-   very commercially aware.”                     shareholder and contractual disputes,       very commercial and take pains to un-         Andrew Spooner of Wright Hassall LLP
cial disputes. He brings an outstanding       KEY INDIVIDUALS Richard Whit-               as well as banking-related matters.         derstand how your business operates.”         has a well-deserved reputation for his
knowledge of the construction industry      tingham frequently acts in cross-border         KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources praise              KEY INDIVIDUALS Senior partner              dispute resolution expertise. He acts in
to his practice and is a CEDR-accredited    disputes, with a particular specialisa-       Neil Williams for his “very commercial”     Patrick Moran elicits admiration from         a broad range of commercial and corpo-
mediator.                                   tion in commercial agency and profes-         approach to litigation.                     sources for his “diligent and pugnacious      rate disputes, and is an accredited me-
                                            sional negligence-related matters.              He leads the team and has particular      approach to litigation.”                      diator.
6 DIVORCE & FAMILY LAW PRACTICE                                                       ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

It’s a busy life at family law firm
           o much is happening in the field       Both partners are delighted at the recog-
           of family law, and life at Divorce   nition the firm has received in Chambers
           & Family Law Practice LLP in St      & Partners 2012, with the firm being de-
           Paul’s Square has never been         scribed as “moving upwards quickly” and
           busier.                              a recognition of the fact that the lights are
  Founding partners Beverley Morris and         rarely out in the office.
Joan Price say it is an exciting time.            Beverley is the early bird and Joan burns
  Beverley Morris comments: “Bedtime            the midnight oil.
reading is never in short supply. There are       Caroline Dresden is a recent addition to
reported decisions on a daily basis of which    the firm and a most welcome one.
we need to keep abreast.                          She has certainly strengthened the team
  “The treatment of inherited/pre-acquired      and her expertise in high value Ancillary
marital wealth is of increasing significance.   Relief work is recognised widely.
Looking at the ‘springboard effect’ and the       Work comes in on recommendation from
treatment of passive economic growth,           fellow professionals and clients.
when assessing the value of a company at          The practice covers the breadth of the
the date of the marriage, is of growing im-     country, and has also dealt with interna-
portance”.                                      tional cases involving Spain, France,
  Joan Price comments on the increase in        Greece, Nigeria and even Armenia!
enquiries into pre-nuptial agreements             Vivienne Middleton and Melanie Tubbs
where, frequently, parties are marrying for     continue to expand their field of special-
a second time and are keen to ring fence/       ism, both primarily concentrating on
preserve wealth for the benefit of children     children focussed issues – residence dis-
from a first marriage, so they are not vul-     putes, contact, leave to remove from the
nerable to claims, in the event of a second     jurisdiction etc.
marital breakdown.                                Beverley, Joan and Caroline pride them-
  Joan comments: “the court are going to        selves in the careful selection of key indi-
give effect to a pre-nuptial agreement,         viduals to work with the Practice, support-
freely entered into with full appreciation by   ing their clients’ needs.
the parties of the implications, unless in        Accountants, tax advisers, and barris-
the circumstances prevailing it would not       ters are handpicked, all of which ensures
be fair to hold them to the agreement. That     the highest quality work, leading to pro-
in itself brings about difficulties. What is    portionate and timely resolution for the
                                                                                                The team at Divorce and Family Law Practice LLP
the definition of fairness?”                    client.

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                                           Divorce and Family Law Practice is a modern law practice based at 14 St. Paul’s
                                           Square, Birmingham concentrating solely on the areas of divorce and family law.

                                           Established in 2002, Divorce and Family Law Practice immediately gained recognition as a
                                           leading family law practice, being recognised in the Legal 500 and Chambers UK. This is
                                           one of the Midlands’ premier niche matrimonial firms. Sources say: “It’s a good operation -
                                           efficient, knowledgable and reasonable to deal with.” Being equally adept at collaborative
                                           law and litigation, it provides a balanced service to clients. Chambers UK 2011
                                                                                                                                                  14 ST PAUL’S SQUARE
                                           The practice is headed by the partners Joan Price and Beverley Morris                                  BIRMINGHAM B3 1RB
                                                                                                                                                  T: 0121 200 0890
                                           The firm offers a highly personal and tailored service is adept at dealing with complex                 F: 0121 233 9623
                                           and high net value cases and issues concerning divorce, co-habitation, civil partnership               Email:
                                           disputes and children issues.                                                                
                                                                                                                                       chambers & partners 7

Going from strength to strength
Family/Matrimonial                                            Band 1
Midlands                                                      Divorce & Family Law Practice LLP
Leading Firms                                                 This Birmingham-based boutique has
                                                              gone from strength to strength and is
Band 1
                                                              “moving upwards quickly,” say sources.
Divorce & Family Law Practice LLP                              It offers high-quality advice and repre-
Mills & Reeve LLP                                             sentation in matters ranging from chil-
                                                              dren issues and civil partnership dis-
Band 2                                                        putes, to cohabitation and high net
Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP                                worth ancillary relief. Clients benefit
Benussi & Co                                                  from the team’s dedication and provision                                                     Caroline Dresden
Challinors Solicitors                                         of personal, partner-led advice.
Higgs & Sons                                                    KEY INDIVIDUALS Beverley Morris
Martineau                                                     enjoys an excellent reputation for her liti-
                                                              gation practice. She is applauded by
Shakespeares                                                  sources as “an able practitioner who is
Band 3                                                        driven by the desire to achieve the very
Blair Allison                                                 best for her client. This can mean very        Kevin Harris James
Brethertons LLP                                               late nights, early mornings and tireless
                                                              research as well as insuring that anyone         KEY INDIVIDUALS Neil Hobden
Harrison Clark                                                she instructs is similarly motivated.” A lot   skillfully handles complex ancillary re-
Irwin Mitchell                                                of Morris’ work contains international         lief matters. He successfully represented
John Hooper & Co                                              elements. Caroline Dresden recently            the wife in Kingdon v Kingdon, a case
Langleys                                                      joined the firm from Mills & Reeve, and        involving a non-disclosure of assets in
Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors                                     sources agree that her arrival has             an earlier financial settlement.
Rupert Bear Murray Davies                                     “strengthened the team.” Her forte lies in
                                                              ancillary relief, where she represents cli-    Challinors Solicitors
Tyndallwoods                                                  ents with substantial assets. Joan Price       This firm is praised for its high level of
Alphabetical order within each band. Band 1 is the highest.   also enjoys an excellent reputation for        service, in particular when it comes to
                                                              high net worth ancillary relief. Market        complex ancillary relief matters involv-
Leading Individuals                                           observers describe her as an “excellent        ing significant assets. It continues to
Band 1                                                        specialist, who looks after her clients.”      expand its client base in this area, re-
Davies, Murray Rupert Bear Murray Davies                                                                     ceiving a growing amount of instruc-
Harris-James, Kevin Shakespeares                              Mills & Reeve LLP                              tions from international clients. It main-
Morris, Beverley Divorce & Family Law Practice LLP            Mills & Reeve maintains its top position       tains a highly regarded childcare team
                                                              despite recent departures. Clients are         and also provides advice and represen-
Saunderson, Marc Mills & Reeve LLP                            quick to commend its professional, friend-     tation in private children matters. “They     Zahra Pabani
Band 2                                                        ly and non-confrontational approach that       have always provided an excellent serv-
Barnsley, Philip Higgs & Sons                                 is upheld even in complex litigation. Its      ice,” enthuse clients.                        Martineau
Brew, Jonathan Harrison Clark                                 established international expertise allows       KEY INDIVIDUALS Fiona O’Sullivan            This group is renowned for its impressive
                                                              it to represent foreign clients and handle     handles ancillary relief matters for high     representation of affluent and high-
Carter, Barbara L Barbara Carter                              matters containing cross-jurisdictional        net worth individuals. Clients praise her     profile clients such as sports personali-
Dresden, Caroline Divorce & Family Law Practice LLP           elements. One source reports: “I see it as     ability to clearly explain legal issues to    ties and international business profes-
Hooper, John John Hooper & Co                                 being one of the top firms in Birmingham       those not legally trained, and also de-       sionals.
O’Sullivan, Fiona M Challinors Solicitors                     for matrimonial finance.”                      scribe her as “helpful, efficient and will-     The firm has expanded in the last year
Pabani, Zahra Martineau                                         KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources agree                ing to listen to different points of view.”   and now also handles international
Price, Joan Divorce & Family Law Practice LLP                 that Marc Saunderson deserves his              Sources note that with Angela Houston,        child abduction cases. Children Act
                                                              reputation as one of the best family law-      one can be sure instructions are acted        matters are also skillfully dealt with by
Wyatt, Elizabeth Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP               yers in the region. He is very popular         on promptly and all matters are dealt         the team.
Band 3                                                        with clients as “a safe pair of hands who      with professionally.                            Client Service: “They are experts at
Kaye, Mary D Martineau                                        won’t encourage an expensive fight if a          She enjoys a fantastic reputation for       client relationships.”
Kerrigan, Joseph Kerrigans Family Law Limited                 matter can be resolved amicably.”              her children work.                              KEY INDIVIDUALS Zahra Pabani
                                                                Helen Bowns is commended as a very                                                         recently joined the firm from Shake-
Meisel, Mari Blair Allison                                    competent and good fighter on behalf of        Higgs & Sons                                  speares. She is held in high regard as
Messenger, Mercy Mercy Messenger                              her clients. Her highly-regarded children      This strong and efficient team is ac-         “she gets straight to the chase and has a
Band 4                                                        practice regularly advises on interna-         knowledged for its impressive handling        very personable approach.” Sources
Baldwin, Peter Peter Baldwin Children’s Lawyer                tional cases.                                  of some of the region’s most complex and      agree that the team has been greatly
                                                                                                             high-value ancillary relief cases. It has     strengthened by her arrival. For chil-
Flint, Peter Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors                                                                                                                     dren matters, Mary Kaye comes highly
                                                              Band 2                                         been increasingly active advising on pre
Hobden, Neil Benussi & Co                                     Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP                 and postnuptial agreements, and has           recommended because of her high emo-
Houston, Angela Challinors Solicitors                         This family team handles all aspects of        also handled a number of matters in-          tional intelligence and first-class com-
Jackson, Steven C Higgs & Sons                                private and publicly funded work. It is        volving family trusts. Clients are quick      munication skills.
Jones, Linda Ann Brethertons LLP                              particularly praised for its fabulous          to commend the team’s friendly yet pro-
Jones, Sally Tyndallwoods                                     handling of childcare matters, often in-       fessional style.                              Shakespeares
                                                              volving non-accidental injury. It is also        Client Service “They provide a broad        This group maintains its solid reputa-
McVay, Christine Shakespeares                                                                                                                              tion, having increased in size and offer-
                                                              increasingly involved in matters relating      spread of people to speak with, in order
Quincey, Tim John Hooper & Co                                 to forced marriages.                           to find the right personality for a client.   ing family services in Nottingham, Bir-
Saunders, Kate Langleys                                         Client Service: “The firm has a very         They understand the client’s needs.”          mingham and Stratford-upon-Avon.
Speed, Judith Freeth Cartwright LLP                           humane approach to litigation. They al-          KEY INDIVIDUALS Philip Barnsley               Sources praise its high-profile private
Walker Nicola Irwin Mitchell                                  ways try to get a fair settlement, and         is the group’s leading light, and sources     children work, as well as its ability to
                                                              that’s why clients go to them.”                note that his profile continues to rise. He   handle complex matrimonial cases with
Up-and-coming individuals                                       KEY INDIVIDUALS Department                   is described as “sensitive to the needs       international finance elements. It has
Bowns, Helen Mills & Reeve LLP                                head Elizabeth Wyatt is described as           and wishes of clients, but strong and         recently also experienced an increase in
Associates to watch                                           “very good and dependable – straightfor-       authoritative when dealing with their         instructions from well-known sports
Perks, Kelly Higgs & Sons                                     ward and no-nonsense.” She also earns          cases.” Observers are particularly im-        personalities.
                                                              accolades for her impressive handling of       pressed with his expertise in prenuptial        KEY INDIVIDUALS Kevin Harris-
Alphabetical order within each band. Band 1 is the highest.   difficult clients.                             agreements. Steven Jackson is a con-          James recently joined the firm from
Recommended for Client Service                                                                               sultant with the firm. He has over 30         Beswicks. Sources say: “Wherever he
Midlands                                                      Benussi & Co                                   years’ experience in the field and regu-      goes, clients follow him for his reputation
Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP                                This seven-strong niche practice main-         larly receives private instructions from      as a no-nonsense lawyer who litigates at
                                                              tains its strong focus on complex and          high net worth individuals. Associate         the highest level.” Christine McVay also
Higgs & Sons                                                  high net worth ancillary relief. A number      Kelly Perks receives plaudits for her         recently joined the firm from another
Irwin Mitchell                                                of its instructions in the last year have      “growing expertise in ancillary relief,       prominent family law practice. Observ-
Langleys                                                      involved significant inherited wealth, as      attention to detail and sound grasp of        ers note her “incredibly thorough ap-
Martineau                                                     well as hidden assets.                         procedure and law.”                           proach” and impressive presence.

Hot tubbing
Sat Plaha, partner and head of forensic services at BDO LLP in
Birmingham, delves into the world of hot tubbing

       here was a time when a reasonably      Technology and Construction Court, as
       competent professional could feel      well as two leading barristers from St
       comfortable if called upon to give     Philips and No5 Chambers and forensic
evidence to the courts, without further       experts from BDO.
training or experience and without feel-        During the mock trial, hosted by the
ing out of their depth.                       Birmingham Law Society, guests saw
  We could debate whether the passing         the expert witnesses come under cross
of those more gentlemanly arrange-            examination from their opposing bar-
ments is a loss, but it is now clear that     rister in the conventional format of ex-
those days are long gone – expert testi-      amining experts separately and indi-
mony is now a professional activity in its    vidually.
own right and it seems there is no place        But then, using the same case study,
for the amateur ‘gentleman players’.          the experts gave evidence concurrently
  The expert must now, with the risk of       to demonstrate the method of ‘hot tub-
a negligence suit, be able to account for     bing’. Judge Waksman took control of
his experience and expertise, field cross     proceedings and questioned the experts
examination questions from counsel            directly and at the same time.               Sat Plaha
and, with the recent development of hot         The evening was a great success, giv-
tubbing, also contend with live exchang-      ing guests the opportunity to compare        challenged can be almost immediately          ‘front-man’ who has little involvement       vice or have additional business activi-
es with the opposing expert witness,          and contrast the two very different meth-    addressed.                                    during the case work and yet presents        ties, this extra pressure is likely to make
spurred on by counsel or the presiding        ods of giving evidence, and witness                                                        the evidence at trial. Whilst this is un-    them question whether expert testimony
judges or tribunal members.                   firsthand the intensity and sufficiency of   Face off                                      likely to mean the end of expert witness     is worth the stress.
  It is the introduction of hot tubbing -     the level of detail contained in the joint   This process places a greater premium         work involving the work of a team (many
simultaneous expert testimony and             statement.                                   on the intellectually agile expert who,       large projects cannot be delivered cost      Going forward
questioning, including questions posed          Prior to hot tubbing, an expert having     fast on their feet, is familiar with the      effectively without leveraging a team), it   In the long term, this will inevitably in-
by the opposing expert – which is the         strong courtroom skills might deflect a      detail and who, from experience and           is likely to require the expert witness to   crease the price of expert testimony – the
biggest potential ‘game changer’.             difficult question, relying upon the anx-    personal expertise, can react quickly         commit greater resources to considering      fact that expert witnesses bear increas-
                                              iety of Counsel who from many years of       and faultlessly to changes in assump-         the assumed facts, the opposing opinion      ing exposure in terms of personal em-
80 in a tub                                   experience knows not to dig into areas       tions or in the assumed facts.                evidence and preparing in detail for         barrassment during testimony, com-
Earlier this month we showcased the art       where the witness can wrong foot them.         Those having insufficient expertise and     trial.                                       bined with potential professional negli-
of hot tubbing in a mock trial that at-       Consequently, it used to be difficult for    experience face difficulty. On a direct          For many these shifts represent a         gence claims and the burden of trial
tracted 80 guests from the legal com-         the opposing expert or their assistants      comparison of testifying experts, side by     positive change, as it focuses the minds     preparation, will drive up standards and
munity across the West Midlands.              to provide sufficient ammunition to en-      side, like for like, question by question,    of the experts and the activity of the       cause weaker firms to leave the market.
  Participants included His Honour            able counsel to manoeuvre and respond        any shortfall in knowledge, expertise or      courts on the critical issues, therefore       It is destined to become better engi-
Judge Waksman QC, who is currently            to a talented expert.                        intellectual capacity is far more evident.    shortening trials and improving the          neered, and ever more important to the
involved in the Manchester concurrent           No longer – during the simultaneous                                                      quality of the process through which         higher value, more complex cases as the
evidence pilot scheme, and His Honour         expert testimony of hot tubbing, points      Hands-on expert                               justice is delivered.                        fate of such trials will more closely rest
Judge Grant from the Birmingham               that might otherwise be lost or go un-       This seems to end the role of the expert         However, for those who offer other ad-    on the mettle of the expert.

Contentious insolvency – more                                                                                                                                                                                Helen Hancock

than just number crunching
Helen Hancock, director of                    economy takes a downturn that the real       most £1 million of company funds into
forensic services at BDO LLP  ,               nature of its dealings may become visi-      his wife’s – cataclysmically unsuccessful
takes us through insolvency                   ble. All too often, during peak trading      – business.
investigations with a fine toothed            years, dubious payments can go com-            Unearthing such fraud isn’t about the
                                              pletely undetected. It’s scary to think      luck of the draw. In each case we were
comb                                          that these bogus activities only come to     able to immediately secure the key data
                                              the surface when times are tough and         and work through it with a fine tooth
In any insolvency situation, it’s a given     creditors are putting the pressure on.       comb. We aim to secure company data
that accountants need to be on the ball         When you dig deep into what went on        from a site within 48 hours; copying
when they’re looking at financial data.       in the good years, you discover abuses       entire computer systems, back-ups and
  But they are only as good as the data       that have taken place many years previ-      email archives, recreating servers and
they have to work with.                       ous. We have witnessed cases where one       so on. With a proactive approach and
  The data that can really unlock a com-      director had paid for his mother’s house,    improved technology, costs can be sig-
plex case is often hidden in places some      another his grandfather’s. When the          nificantly reduced with administrators
administrators would never even know          companies became insolvent, investiga-       needing to spend less time on site.
existed.                                      tors looked into the detail of where the       It is our priority to get hold of all the
  Many insolvencies include complex           money for ‘land and buildings’ really        relevant data we possible can at the
issues for both accountants and IT spe-       went. And that’s where the fraud comes       very beginning of the process. It may
cialists and it is important in terms of      to light.                                    not always be apparent as to why you
cost, efficiency and effectiveness that all     Insolvency and forensic specialists        might need it, but the priority is to get
teams are closely integrated. Just look-      continue to uncover plenty of ‘tradition-    everything that’s there. And since in an
ing at last year’s ledgers is rarely ade-     al’ frauds, such as an employee making       insolvency situation, computer hard-
quate. To really understand what has          a number of payments over several years      ware is often quickly and cheaply sold
happened, you need a broad picture of         to fictitious suppliers, when in fact the    on to appease creditors, there’s a real
the company’s activities and often over       cheques were going into their own bank       risk of losing material that is vital to
a number of years.                            accounts all along. One interesting case     your investigations, if you don’t act
  In many cases, it is only when the          involved a director who channelled al-       quickly.
                                                                                                                                                                 CHAMBERS & PARTNERS 9

                                                                                                                                      Value versus price

Laurence Mills

Shareholder disputes
Laurence Mills, director of                    Obviously having a detrimental effect    only natural that they’ll look to their co-
forensic services at BDO LLP,                on the value of the company, the buyer     directors and shareholders to question
discusses the rise of boardroom              could seek to have the sale rescinded      whether they are contributing as much
fall outs                                    on the basis of fraudulent misrepre-       – and if not, why are they effectively
                                             sentation. Dealing with scenarios of       being subsidised by the company in an
                                             this type has become increasingly          environment that can’t afford passen-         Paul McKeown
We have witnessed shareholder disputes       common.                                    gers?
rise by some 200 per cent over the past        But it’s the unfair prejudice claims       Is one of the directors rewarding them-     Is a company’s listed share price              sations of other companies in the sector.
year. It’s an arresting number. So what’s    that are perhaps more a symptom of         selves a perceived unreasonable level of      a reliable indicator of value? BDO             If these are lower than the reported net
going on?                                    economic conditions, and often more        remuneration, reducing the profits and        Valuations Director, Paul                      assets, it may be that negative sentiment
  Private company profits have been          complicated and complex in their na-       therefore dividends to the other share-       McKeown, investigates                          rather than fundamentals is causing the
depressed for a long time now and many       ture.                                      holders? Is the sales director simply                                                        difference.
are struggling to see an end to the cur-                                                struggling in a difficult trading environ-
rent downturn. People have been biding       Big Brother                                ment, or is he incompetent and not per-       Let’s take a simple example where a            Extremes of sentiment
their time in the hope that things pick      As markets slump and trading condi-        forming to expectations? You rarely get       listed company bought a business for           There are many examples of large com-
up, but with no obvious light in sight and   tions become more difficult, boards and    everyone to agree who is really worth         £20 million two years ago, with the            panies’ share prices moving extrava-
with trading conditions continually dif-     shareholders are taking a Big Brother      their position and pay.                       original price based on £10 million of         gantly within the last couple of years,
ficult, increasing numbers of businesses     approach, looking more closely at what       Given all the potential sources of dis-     physical assets and £10 million in good-       where for example there is a 500 per cent
are raising their grievances and seeking     everyone is contributing. For many, this   putes, it is not surprising that testing      will and intangible assets. Now that           increase followed by a 40 per cent reduc-
advice to bring them to a head.              can throw a bright light onto matters      times are bringing more of them to the        business has been written down to £16          tion. The intrinsic value of a business
  Shareholder disputes are manifesting       that have been lurking around under        fore. Solid shareholders’ agreements          million in the books, but the market is        might lie between two extremes of senti-
themselves in two main ways: unfair          the radar.                                 must be in place to help minimise the         valuing it at £12 million. Whilst it is true   ment, and fair value can differ from
prejudice claims under s.994 of the            Most companies have already been         chances of fallouts. Management teams,        that the market can get it wrong, any          market price.
Companies Act and post-deal disputes.        through cost-cutting exercises, making     their accountants and lawyers should          over or under-pricing only becomes ap-            If it was difficult to justify a valuation
  Post-deal disputes are perhaps easier      efficiencies, redundancies and so on.      discuss how certain events could mani-        parent with hindsight.                         previously, it is even more so now - un-
to categorise. By general example, it        But what happens when conditions don’t     fest themselves under the agreements            So what arguments might prevail when         less your technical arguments are
could be something like a company            improve and there are no other cuts to     and understand the full range of possi-       a conflict arises from a difference be-        sound. A whole host of issues can affect
being sold and then the buyer discover-      make? People start pointing the finger     ble outcomes before the disagreement          tween the market view and a company’s          the price such as economic drivers of the
ing that the vendor had misrepresented       and turning stones that had previously     even arises.                                  accounts?                                      business, inherent difficulty in forecast-
the status of a contract. They may have      been left unturned, ultimately causing       A good shareholder agreement doesn’t           Firstly, the higher value may appear        ing cash flows, a discount rate, long-
bought the business with the assurance       conflict and disputes to come to the       mean that disputes won’t still happen         correct based on an analysis of the un-        term growth rate, discounts and premi-
that the contract was in place, only to      fore.                                      but at least it limits the scope of the       derlying cash flows of the business and        ums that might be relevant to equity
later find it had been terminated prior to     There are many board-level people out    disagreement and lays down the ground         their inherent risk. If these have been        values, the business cycle or the rele-
the completion of the sale.                  there working incredibly hard, and it is   rules from the outset.                        adjusted to take account of market con-        vance of market sentiment.
                                                                                                                                      ditions, the discount rate might not             The value of private companies is often
                                                                                                                                      change very much. To adjust both might         benchmarked against listed company
                                                                                                                                      result in a double-discounting of the          share prices. Those prices can be highly
                                                                                                                                      value.                                         volatile and do not always reflect busi-
                                                                                                                                         If you can demonstrate that customer        ness fundamentals, which tend to be
                                                                                                                                      demand, supplier and employee ar-              more stable. Of course the value of pri-
                                                                                                                                      rangements have largely been unaffect-         vate companies goes up and down but
                                                                                                                                      ed, it could go a long way to support the      because they tend to be longer term in-
Given all the potential sources of disputes, it is not surprising that testing                                                        case that the market is undervaluing the       vestments, their value swings are far

times are bringing more of them to the fore                                                                                           business.
                                                                                                                                         Also relevant are the market capitali-
                                                                                                                                                                                     less pronounced than shares on febrile
                                                                                                                                                                                     stock markets.
10 chambers & partners

                                                  Leading players
                                                  Band 1
                                                  Browne Jacobson LLP
                                                  Based mainly in Nottingham, and with offices in
                                                  Birmingham and London, the team here is re-
                                                  garded as one of the leading players in the region.
                                                  In addition to wills, trusts and probate work for
                                                  UK-based clients, a significant tranche of the
                                                  team’s work consists of trust planning with an
                                                  offshore or international dimension. The firm
                                                  also devotes important resources to Court of
                                                  Protection and deputyship work.
                                                    Commercial Awareness: “They are approach-
                                                  able, commercial and offer a broad range of ex-
                                                  pertise.”                                             Alex Elphinston                    Hugh Carslake                      Matthew Hansell
                                                    KEY INDIVIDUALS William Colacicchi spe-
                                                  cialises in high-value trust and estate planning.     Lodders Solicitors LLP                               Freeth Cartwright
Keith Dudley                                      He initially practised as a corporate lawyer,         This leading regional firm, based in Stratford-      LLP
                                                  “which is an excellent foundation when you have       upon-Avon, offers a comprehensive private client     This East Midlands stalwart has an impres-
Private Client                                    clients with complex business affairs,” according     practice geared to the needs of farmers, business    sively broad private client offering. The depart-
West Midlands                                     to sources. The “impressive” and “client-friendly”    owners and wealthy families. Areas of specialisa-    ment is divided into teams specialising in con-
Leading Firms                                     Wenna Thompson advises clients on tax, estate         tion include capital gains tax planning, conten-     tentious trusts and probate, Court of Protection,
Band 1                                            and succession planning.                              tious trusts and the creation and maintenance        trusts and wills.
                                                                                                        of family investment companies as vehicles for         The department also has a dedicated team of
Browne Jacobson LLP                               Higgs & Sons                                          asset protection. The team is also well known for    qualified financial advisers on hand.
Higgs & Sons                                      The growing team at this Black Country firm has       its work before the Court of Protection and com-       KEY INDIVIDUALS The “patient, wise and
Mills & Reeve LLP                                 made a concerted effort to invest in its private      pensation trusts.                                    fair” Nigel Cullen heads the department and
                                                  client offering, with convincing results. The team      Client Service: “Good specialist and personal      leads the probate and wills team.
Band 2                                            is distinguished by having a flourishing care for     service.”
Hewitsons LLP S                                   the elderly practice and a family investment            KEY INDIVIDUALS Martin Green is head of            Gateley
Lodders Solicitors LLP                            management service.                                   the private client department. Commentators          The mainstay of this team’s work lies in tax, trust
Martineau                                           Further, the team’s specialist knowledge of in-     say of Green: “He’s first class – I would recom-     and estate planning for wealthy individuals and
                                                  heritance tax law gives it a commanding position      mend him to anyone.” The “very pleasant and          their families.
Band 3                                            in the marketplace.                                   highly able”                                           Other areas of excellence include complex pro-
Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP                      Client Service: “They have the most incredible        Stephen Brignull advises on trust administra-      bate and trust disputes, advising foreign domi-
Brethertons LLP                                   bedside manner, are confident with their advice       tion, tax, estate and succession planning.           ciliaries on tax planning for the UK, and han-
                                                  and great listeners.”                                                                                      dling offshore asset structures for trust compa-
Freeth Cartwright LLP
                                                    KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Leek is a highly             Martineau                                            nies.
Gateley                                           experienced and able lawyer focusing on wealth        The team at this venerable Birmingham firm has         KEY INDIVIDUALS Adrian Mabe is a key con-
Nelsons                                           planning, probate and matters affecting older         a varied client roster of entrepreneurs, leading     tact.
Shakespeares                                      people’s financial affairs. Nicholas Moxon looks      figures in business, high net worth individuals
Wright Hassall LLP                                after the owners of closely-held businesses and       and farming families. The team engages in the        Nelsons
                                                  advises on the establishment of charitable trusts.    full range of private client and wealth manage-      This firm, with offices in Derby, Leicester and
Recommended for Commercial Awareness              Lucy                                                  ment work, from capital tax planning to conten-      Nottingham, advises high and medium net
Browne Jacobson LLP                                 Obrey is described glowingly as being “forever      tious trusts and probates.                           worth business owners, individuals and families
Martineau                                         at the forefront of what’s going on in the mar-         Commercial Awareness: “They are switched-on        on virtually every facet of private client law.
Mills & Reeve LLP                                 ket.”                                                 and technically excellent.”                          Capital and inheritance tax planning, mental
                                                    Peter Gosling is “reassuring, confident and           KEY INDIVIDUALS Keith Dudley is described          capacity, trusts, wills and probates are handled
Recommended for Client Service                    highly discreet.”                                     as being “steeped in trusts,” and expert in tax      with aplomb by the team.
Midlands                                                                                                mitigation and matters relating to vulnerable          KEY INDIVIDUALS Richard Grosberg heads
                                                  Mills & Reeve LLP                                     people. Hugh Carslake has an admirable client        the team.
Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP
                                                  This East Anglian giant continues to make suc-        following of landed estate and large rural prop-
Higgs & Sons                                      cessful inroads into the Midlands market. The         erty owners.                                         Shakespeares
Lodders Solicitors LLP                            team engages in big-ticket work for landed cli-                                                            This leading Birmingham firm, enlarged by
                                                  ents, business owners and family/private invest-      Band 3                                               mergers in 2010 with Berryman in Notting-
Leading Individuals                               ment companies. It advises wealthy individuals        Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP                       ham and Warwickshire firm Needham and
Senior Statesmen                                  and families on tax planning, trust creation and      The team at Anthony Collins is an acknowledged       James, is now a serious player throughout the
Carslake, Hugh Martineau                          administration, complex will drafting and wind-       market leader in work involving the Court of         region. The combined entity has formidable
                                                  ing up estates.                                       Protection,mental capacity issues and personal       resources to handle the full range of private
Band 1                                              Commercial Awareness: “Absolutely first rate        injury trusts. The team also advises on the draft-   client work.
Barber, Gary Mills & Reeve LLP                    – a dream team.”                                      ing of wills, tax planning, and contentious and        KEY INDIVIDUALS Clare Laird heads the de-
Colacicchi, Clare Hewitsons LLP                     KEY INDIVIDUALS Gary Barber handles                 non-contentious probate. It also has a niche in      partment.
Dudley, Keith Martineau                           wills, trusts and estates for clients who are im-     making Forced Marriage Protection applica-
Green, Martin Lodders Solicitors LLP              pressed by his “down-to-earth, no-nonsense            tions.                                               Wright Hassall LLP
                                                  manner.” Trusts expert Matthew Hansell makes            Client Service: “Sympathetic, open and wel-        This full-service Stratford firm advises farmers,
Hansell, Matthew Mills & Reeve LLP                a good impression for his “technical ability and      coming people.”                                      landed estate and family business owners on
Leek, Robert E Higgs & Sons                       lively demeanour.” “Rising star” John Grundy            KEY INDIVIDUALS Alex Elphinston heads the          their tax, trust and estate affairs. The team also
Band 2                                            advises entrepreneurs and international clients       department. He impresses with his attention to       has well thought of business succession plan-
                                                  on complex trust and estate issues.                   detail and ability to understand client circum-      ning, charitable trusts and estate planning for
Brignull, Stephen Lodders Solicitors LLP                                                                stances and objectives.                              the elderly practices.
Colacicchi, William Browne Jacobson LLP           Band 2                                                                                                       The property and matrimonial teams collabo-
Cooper, Terry Cobbetts LLP                        Hewitsons LLP                                         Brethertons LLP                                      rate closely with the private client team to assure
Cullen, Nigel Freeth Cartwright LLP               This Northampton firm has a large and loyal           This firm, with offices in Banbury and Rugby,        continuity of service.
Elphinston, Alex Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP   agricultural client base, but is equally adept at     has a strong foothold in the Warwickshire and          KEY INDIVIDUALS John Rouse is a key con-
Gosling, Peter G Higgs & Sons                     meeting the needs of closely-held business own-       Northamptonshire markets. The team takes             tact.
                                                  ers. Core strengths of the practice include ob-       client service very seriously, and has a client
Moxon, Nicholas Higgs & Sons                      taining business property relief for farms, inher-    liaison officer to ensure clients’ needs are met.    Other Notable Practitioners
Obrey, Lucy Higgs & Sons                          itance tax planning, estate planning and the          The lawyers handle all manner of private client      The “down-to-earth and straight-talking” Terry
Steele, Grace Geldards LLP                        creation, administration and restructuring of         work, including contentious trusts and probate,      Cooper heads the department at Cobbetts LLP.
Thompson, Wenna Browne Jacobson LLP               trusts.                                               complex will drafting and personal injury            Grace Steele of Geldards LLP handles trusts and
                                                    KEY INDIVIDUALS Clare Colacicchi focuses            trusts.                                              estate planning, and is well liked by clients who
Associates to watch                               on estate planning, alleviating capital taxation        KEY INDIVIDUALS Nadiya Virani-Bland leads          consider her to be “sympathetic, knowledgeable
Grundy, John Mills & Reeve LLP                    and charitable trusts.                                the department.                                      and efficient.”
                                                                                                                                                      chambers & partners 11

A noted international firm
Intellectual Property                                        Band 1                                                                                                   precisely the kind of people you want fighting
Midlands                                                     Wragge & Co LLP                                                                                          your corner.”
                                                             This deeply impressive IP team is widely ac-                                                               Client Service: “They are very responsive and
Leading Firms                                                knowledged as the strongest in the Midlands.                                                             tremendously organised, and queries are al-
Band 1                                                       The firm’s distinctive structure, which sees its                                                         ways dealt with extremely quickly.”
                                                             solicitors dividing their time between its Lon-                                                            KEY INDIVIDUALS Marie McMorrow
Wragge & Co LLP
                                                             don and Birmingham offices, allows it to pro-                                                            heads the team and consistently demon-
Band 2                                                       vide a high-quality and seamless intellectual                                                            strates her excellence in heavyweight IP work.
Browne Jacobson LLP                                          property service to national and international                                                           Clients say she is “incredibly gifted at present-
                                                             clients. It is active on a wide variety of issues,                                                       ing advice in the right way – she gauges the
                                                             in terms of both transactions and litigation,                                                            level of the people she’s working with very well,
Martineau                                                    and its list of clients includes such notable                                                            which allows for openness and leads to genu-
Shakespeares                                                 organisations as Dyson, the Rugby Football                                                               ine debate on strategy and how to manage
                                                             Union and GlaxoSmithKline.                                                                               negotiations.” Emma Higton is a new addition
Band 3                                                                                                                                                                to the rankings, with sources describing her
                                                               Client Service “The team is a delight to work
Eversheds LLP                                                with, and provides proper assistance and sup-                                                            as “one of the group’s unsung heroes; she has
Pinsent Masons                                               port.”                                                                                                   real commercial nous and is incredibly profes-
                                                               Commercial Awareness: “A strategically bril-                                                           sional in approach without being stuffy, which
Band 4                                                                                                                                                                makes for a good working relationship.”
                                                             liant firm full of excellent individuals.”
Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP                                 KEY INDIVIDUALS David Barron is an
Cobbetts LLP                                                 outstanding litigator who is roundly praised                                                             Martineau
Wright Hassall LLP                                           by commentators for his expertise in patent                                                              Martineau’s IP group has a strong presence in
                                                             matters and his continued presence at the                                                                the Midlands and a reputation for being an
Recommended for Commercial Awareness                         coalface of contentious IP. Gordon Harris is                                                             “extremely professional and knowledgeable”
Midlands                                                     head of the firm’s IP practice. He specialises in                                                        team. It has the capacity to handle conten-
Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP                               contentious work and is an experienced me-           Mauro Paiano                                        tious and non-contentious matters across a
                                                             diator who continues to provide high-quality                                                             number of industries, and is as comfortable
Browne Jacobson LLP
                                                             service to his clients. Cerryg Jones heads the          Peter Ellis is an experienced and highly capa-   with technical patent work as it is with brand
Eversheds LLP                                                brands team and is regularly described as a          ble contentious IP specialist. Sources commend      management and trade mark strategy. Nota-
Wragge & Co LLP                                              class act.                                           his excellent work and his “superbly commer-        ble recent clients include Aston University,
                                                               As one of the firm’s lawyers more frequently       cially oriented” approach. Mark Snelgrove is        Horstman Defence Systems and the Institu-
Recommended for Client Service                                                                                                                                        tion of ccupational Safety and Health.
                                                             based in Birmingham, he is at the centre of its      known as “a fine, technically skilled lawyer
Midlands                                                     Midlands IP practice. Luke Kempton is known          who is able to cut through the issues without         Client Service “Any time we engage with the
Browne Jacobson LLP                                          for his expertise in the life sciences arena.        getting sidetracked.” He recently advised long-     firm, the advice provided always takes into ac-
DLA Piper UK LLP                                             Commentators say he “is a real credit to the         term client Hookedge on a trade mark issue          count the type of organisation we are and makes
                                                             firm and always does a fantastic job for his         relating to its Patrick Cox brand. Paula Dumb-      the whole process incredibly simple and easy.”
                                                             clients.”                                            ill continues to impress with her work in stra-       KEY INDIVIDUALS Helen Driscoll heads
Wragge & Co LLP                                                Patrick Duxbury is “an eminently sensible          tegic IP. Clients praise the high quality of her    the team and is known for her expertise in
Leading Individuals                                          and experienced lawyer,” with an outstanding         service as well as her commercial viewpoint.        both contentious and non-contentious IP. Des
                                                             track record in transactional IP matters with-       Richard Roberts is new to the rankings, and is      Burley has an excellent reputation for his work
Band 1
                                                             in the life sciences sector.                         highlighted for his burgeoning reputation in IP     in the IP sector, particularly with regard to
Barron, David Wragge & Co LLP                                  Nicholas Cunningham deals effectively with         litigation. Commentators admire his approach,       matters involving universities and the hi-tech
Briggs, Nick Shakespeares                                    patent, design, copyright and trade mark liti-       which “shows a commitment to detail and com-        industries. Clients describe him as “extremely
Cushley, Declan Browne Jacobson LLP                          gation. Sources describe him as “personable,         mercial issues that is beyond the norm.”            personable and welcoming, with great knowl-
Harris, Gordon Wragge & Co LLP                               highly competent and very easy to deal with.”                                                            edge of his practice area.” Zoe Robertson is a
                                                             Kate Swaine is a director within the team, and       DLA Piper UK LLP                                    talented and increasingly experienced associ-
Jones, Cerryg Wragge & Co LLP                                is an experienced and skilled brands and ad-         The Birmingham office of this noted interna-        ate. Her recent highlights include assisting
McMorrow, Marie DLA Piper UK LLP                             vertising specialist.                                tional firm provides a high-quality service to      low-voltage cabling manufacturer Lastar in
Band 2                                                                                                            its intellectual property clients, and is plugged   protecting its IP rights in the EU.
                                                             Band 2                                               into the organisation’s wider network in the
Clay, Andrew Squire Sanders Hammonds                         Browne Jacobson LLP                                  UK and beyond. The team worked with col-            Shakespeares
Driscoll, Helen Martineau                                    This excellent group works across offices in         leagues in New York and China on the acquisi-       This strong Midlands firm is a standout par-
Duxbury, Patrick Wragge & Co LLP                             Nottingham and Birmingham, with addi-                tion by Avon of Liz Earle Cosmetics, a globally     ticipant in the intellectual property market-
Ellis, Peter Browne Jacobson LLP                             tional support in London, and is able to call on     significant transaction involving centrally         place, and has worked on a string of substan-
                                                             strength in both contentious and non-conten-         important IP issues. It also recently advised       tial engagements of late. Its lawyers are expe-
Fry, James Eversheds LLP S                                   tious intellectual property matters. Notable         Aga Rangemaster Group on a notable trade            rienced across the full spectrum of IP matters,
Paiano, Mauro Shakespeares                                   recent highlights include working with inter-        mark case, and defended Guidance Monitor-           but are known for their particular expertise in
Talbot, Matthew Howes Percival LLP                           national construction company Mace on its            ing UK in patent infringement proceedings.          relation to patents. The team’s high-profile
Wyn, Davies Cerys Pinsent Masons                             global registration, opposition and infringe-        Commentators admire the work of the team’s          client list includes Poundland, Candlelight
                                                             ment programme, and advising Streetwise              solicitors, and note that “they’ve always been      Products and The Health People Group. Re-
Band 3                                                       Publications in relation to a copyright in-          very strong on behalf of the client, and are        cent highlights saw the team advise PRECOS,
Anderson, Frances Cobbetts LLP                               fringement claim. Clients are delighted with                                                             a spin-off from Nottingham University, on the
Burley, Des Martineau                                        the firm’s work, and say its solicitors “are ap-                                                         transfer of IP and related licensing issues.
                                                             proachable and commercial, and offer a broad                                                               KEY INDIVIDUALS Nick Briggs leads the
Cunningham, Nicholas Wragge & Co LLP                         range of expertise.”                                                                                     department and is known to clients as a
Kempton, Luke Wragge & Co LLP                                  Client Service: “They are user-friendly and                                                            “prompt, personable and thorough” solicitor
Snelgrove, Mark Browne Jacobson LLP                          informal, and you really get the sense of work-                                                          with experience across the full breadth of IP.
                                                             ing in a team.”                                                                                          Mauro Paiano handles an interesting variety
Associates to watch                                            Commercial Awareness: “They have a real                                                                of trade mark, design and patent-related is-
Dumbill, Paula Browne Jacobson LLP                           grasp of our business, having taken the time                                                             sues. Sources describe him as “practical, very
Higton, Emma DLA Piper UK LLP                                to understand the market.”                                                                               responsive and generally a likeable and easy
Lesniak, Rebecca Shakespeares                                  KEY INDIVIDUALS Declan Cushley is                                                                      person to work with.” Rebecca Lesniak is a
                                                             head of the firm’s commercial group, and an                                                              new addition to the firm’s Birmingham office,
Noble, Martin Shakespeares                                   experienced practitioner in intellectual prop-                                                           and brings with her a fine reputation and a
Roberts, Richard Browne Jacobson LLP                         erty matters. He recently advised National                                                               range of experience in the field.
Robertson, Zoe Martineau                                     Lottery operator Camelot on its IP policy and                                                              Commentators praise Martin Noble for his
Swaine, Kate Wragge & Co LLP                                 in relation to infringement of its trade marks.                                                          “responsiveness, flexibility and technical
                                                             Clients say he is “practical, proactive and very                                                         knowledge.” In the past year he has handled a
Young, Emma Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP                   responsive; he always responds and acts very                                                             range of matters, from branding advice to
Alphabetical order within each band. Band 1 is the highest   quickly.”                                            Helen Driscoll                                      complex patent litigation.
12 chambers & partners

One of the leading practices
           A leading force
                                                     Band 1                                                                                                      Shakespeares
                                                     DLA Piper UK LLP                                                                                            The team at Shakespeares is establishing itself
                                                     Sources agree that DLA Piper is one of the re-                                                              as a firm favourite with clients, who say: “It’s a
                                                     gion’s outstanding practices and boasts “a good                                                             fantastic team” with great “strength in depth.”
                                                     strong team.”                                                                                               The team handles the full spectrum of restruc-
                                                       The team enjoys an excellent relationship                                                                 turing and insolvency work with a particular
                                                     with the Big Four accountancy firms and has                                                                 strength in the contentious side of the sector.
                                                     a place on most leading bank panels. The firm                                                                 KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources enthuse that
                                                     recently acted for PwC and the Bank of Scot-                                                                Andrew Taylor is “very commercial and prag-
                                                     land as administrators of a property holding                                                                matic” as well as “reliable and enjoyable to work
                                                     company which holds bingo halls across the                                                                  with.” He leads the team at the firm.
                                                       KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice head Huw Dol-                                                                    Shoosmiths
                                                     phin is highly regarded for his non-contentious                                                             The team continues to enjoy extensive exper-
                                                     restructuring and insolvency practice. He re-                                                               tise in retail insolvency in addition to its gen-
                                                     cently acted for HSBC and BDO in relation to the                                                            eral corporate restructuring and insolvency
                                                     furniture retailer Soda Living. John Sullivan                                                               practice. Recent highlights include advising on
                                                     frequently acts in domestic and multi-jurisdic-                                                             the administration of department store chain
                                                     tional contentious restructuring. John Jeffreys        Alastair Lomax                                       Vergo Retail. Sources say: “It is a very commer-
                                                     is a favourite with clients, who say: “He gets                                                              cial firm.”
                                                     things done quickly and efficiently.” He has a           KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients admire Ian Baker,            KEY INDIVIDUALS James Keates is admired
                                                     particular expertise in real estate restructuring      saying he is “very cerebral and has a fantastic      as a “very good dynamic lawyer.” He led the way
                                                     and insolvency.                                        grasp of the law.” His in-depth understanding of     on the Vergo Retail transaction.
                                                                                                            corporate and banking issues makes him much
                                                     Eversheds LLP                                          sought after. Clients say Sam Payne takes a “re-     The Wilkes Partnership LLP
Huw Dolphin                                          Interviewees praise the team at Eversheds for          ally commercial approach” and consequently           Sources say the team here consists of very
                                                     its considerable experience in the restructur-         “delivers pragmatic solutions.”                      skilled lawyers who can always be relied on to
                                                     ing and insolvency sector which makes it “one            He possesses expertise in the full range of        “do a good job.” The firm handles all aspects of
Leading Firms                                        of the leading practices” in the West Midlands.
                                                     The firm enjoys a strong domestic bank panel
                                                                                                            contentious and non-contentious restructur-
                                                                                                            ing and insolvency matters. Meanwhile Helen
                                                                                                                                                                 restructuring and insolvency.
                                                                                                                                                                   KEY INDIVIDUALS David Cleary is “an excel-
Band 1                                               presence as well as carrying out multi-jurisdic-       Readett wins plaudits for her “responsive and        lent insolvency practitioner.” Meanwhile John
DLA Piper UK LLP                                     tional work. The firm acted for PwC on the ad-         commercial” practice.                                Cooper “always delivers a fantastic personal
Eversheds LLP                                        ministration and disposal of The British School          Sources say she is lovely to work with but         service.”
                                                     of Motoring.                                           “can be tough when she needs to be.”
Band 2                                                 KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources say Gemma Cur-                                                                    Wragge & Co LLP
Gateley                                              tis fosters “great client relations and really works   Squire Sanders Hammonds
Martineau                                            hard to achieve their aims.” Others say: “She is       Peers and clients alike say that the firm has
Squire Sanders Hammonds                              easy to deal with and sees the issues quickly.”        “a fantastic contentious and non-contentious
                                                     She led the firm’s work in relation to The British     team” that boasts “real strength in depth.” The
Band 3                                               School of Motoring.                                    firm handles a broad range of corporate re-
Irwin Mitchell                                         Meanwhile clients enthuse that Andrew Jor-           structuring and insolvency matters and has a
Pinsent Masons                                       dan is “clearly a good lawyer who doesn’t flap         strong presence on clearing bank panels.
Shakespeares                                         under pressure.” They add that he “gets things           Recent high-profile highlights include acting
Shoosmiths The Wilkes Partnership LLP                done” and is “a pragmatic lawyer to deal with.”        for the administrators of Super Aguri F1, a mo-
                                                     Brian Rawlings enjoys a well-deserved reputa-          tor racing team.
Wragge & Co LLP
                                                     tion in the market for his technical abilities in        KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients say Devinder
Band 4                                               the sector.                                            Singh is “very business-savvy and builds rela-
Clarke Willmott LLP                                                                                         tionships well.” Market sources are quick to say:
Harrison Clark                                       Band 2                                                 “He is a standout insolvency lawyer.” Stephen
                                                     Gateley                                                George is a firm favourite with clients who say he
Leading Individuals                                  The team continues to impress market sources           stands out thanks to his “considerable experi-
Band 1                                               in the region, who say it is “an excellent out-        ence, excellent client service and commercial
                                                                                                                                                                 James Keates
Dolphin, Huw DLA Piper UK LLP                        fit.” As one of the largest teams in the region it     and pragmatic advice.” He leads the team at the
McGeever, Brendan Gateley                            caters to the full range of restructuring and in-      Birmingham office. Daniel French is well re-         The firm is a well-established presence in the
Singh, Devinder Squire Sanders Hammonds              solvency matters. The firm also has a dedicated        garded for his particular specialism in real es-     market with extensive experience of non-con-
                                                     corporate recovery team which acts for an ar-          tate-related insolvency.                             tentious restructuring and insolvency matters.
Band 2                                               ray of clearing banks. Interviewees say: “They                                                              Recent significant highlights include advising
Baker, Ian Martineau S                               are very commercial in the mould of being good         Band 3                                               the administrators of Legion Group and Legion
Conway, Vicki Wragge & Co LLP                        lawyers who get business deals done.”                  Irwin Mitchell                                       FM.
Curtis, Gemma Eversheds LLP S                          KEY INDIVIDUALS Peers are quick to praise            Sources say the firm has “a very good team             KEY INDIVIDUALS Vicki Conway is hailed by
                                                     Brendan McGeever as “a great lawyer who really         which is a pleasure to work with.” The firm has      peers as a “very good insolvency lawyer.” She led
George, Stephen Squire Sanders Hammonds              stands out.” He is also a firm favourite with cli-     a strong insolvency and liquidation practice         the way on the Legion Group work.
Jordan, Andrew J Eversheds LLP S                     ents, who say he is a pleasure to work with.           which it matches with expertise in property in-
Taylor, Andrew Shakespeares                          Meanwhile Mark Wilson is hailed as “a specialist       solvency and Law of Property Act (LPA) receiv-       Band 4
Wilson, Mark Gateley                                 on the litigation front.” He recently acted for the    ership issues. It advised PwC as administrators      Clarke Willmott LLP
                                                     administrators of an automotive manufacturer in        of Williams & Son Limited and as LPA receivers       Clients say the firm has an impressive and
Band 3                                                                                                      for the relevant property assets.                    “very proactive team.” The team handles the
                                                     a successful claim against its former administra-
Cleary, David The Wilkes Partnership LLP             tors.                                                    KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Bennett leads the          full range of restructuring and corporate and
Cooper, John The Wilkes Partnership LLP                                                                     insolvency team in Birmingham.                       personal insolvency.
Jeffreys, John DLA Piper UK LLP                      Martineau                                                                                                     KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients say Stephanie
Keates, James Shoosmiths                             The team at Martineau continues to impress             Pinsent Masons                                       Slinn has “a can-do attitude, moves things for-
Lomax, Alastair Pinsent Masons                       clients, who say: “They are very good at ap-           The team frequently acts on behalf of banks          ward and she keeps you updated.” She leads the
                                                     plying expertise from different areas to get the       and the Big Four accountancy firms in trans-         team at the firm.
Payne, Sam Martineau                                                                                        actional restructuring and insolvency matters.
                                                     job done.” The firm caters to the full range of
Rawlings, Brian Eversheds LLP S                      restructuring and insolvency matters and fre-          The firm recently acted for KPMG as the ad-          Harrison Clark
Readett, Helen Martineau                             quently acts for banks and financial institu-          ministrators of the Western Corrugated group         This Worcester-based practice handles a wide
Sullivan, John Christopher Philip DLA Piper UK LLP   tions.                                                 of companies. The team’s clients include Bar-        range of insolvency matters. The team has ex-
Whitbread, Jonathan Harrison Clark                     The team has recently been advising Deloitte         clays, HSBC, RBS and Lloyds TSB.                     tensive experience in both corporate and per-
                                                     in connection with the administration of the             KEY INDIVIDUALS Market sources admire              sonal insolvency.
Up-and-coming individuals                            Wordsworth Group. “They are always ap-                 Alastair Lomax as a technically skilled insol-       KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources admire Jonathan
French, Daniel Squire Sanders Hammonds               proachable and commercial-minded. They go              vency lawyer. He led the way on the firm’s advice    Whitbread as a skilled and personable lawyer
Slinn, Stephanie Clarke Willmott LLP                 the extra mile for the client,” say sources.           on the administration of Western Corrugated.         who is great to work with.
                                                                                                                                                   chambers & partners 13

West Midlands

                                                              Outstanding team
in the West Midlands
Leading Firms
Band 1
Eversheds LLP
Wragge & Co LLP
                                                              Band 1
Band 2                                                        DLA Piper UK LLP
                                                              This outstanding team handles all aspects of
Gateley                                                       corporate law from sales and purchases to
Pinsent Masons                                                private equity deals and admissions to both
                                                              the AIM exchange and the Official List. It
Band 3                                                        advises such clients as Barclays Ventures,
Browne Jacobson LLP                                           Dechra Pharmaceuticals and Intertek.
Martineau                                                       Highlights include advising Compass
Squire Sanders Hammonds                                       Group UK & Ireland on its acquisition of the
                                                              entire issued share capital of VSG Group.
Band 4                                                          Commercial Awareness: “They are strong
Cobbetts LLP                                                  operators that have built up a strong client
George Green LLP                                              base.”
Harvey Ingram LLP                                               KEY INDIVIDUALS James Lavery is
                                                              praised for his expertise in representing cli-
Hill Hofstetter LLP                                           ents such as Barclays Private Equity, Lloyds
Shakespeares                                                  Development Capital and
                                                                                                                                                                    Russell Orme
Shoosmiths                                                      Sovereign Capital in M&A and private eq-
Alphabetical order within each band. Band 1 is the highest.   uity transactions. Mark Beardmore focuses
                                                              on MBOs, secondary buyouts, development
Leading Individuals                                           capital investments and exits. Noel Haywood
Band 1                                                        acts for large domestic and international cli-
                                                              ents. He has recently assisted Finning Inter-
Lavery, James DLA Piper UK LLP                                national in connection with the sale of Hewd-
                                                                                                                  Mark Beardmore
Lewis, Susan Eversheds LLP                                    en Stuart UK. Birmingham-based head of
Seary, Peter Hill Hofstetter LLP                              team Russell Orme represented Avon Cos-
                                                              metics on the acquisition of Liz Earle Cosmet-
Band 2                                                        ics.
Birchall, Roger Browne Jacobson LLP
Bligh, Joanne Browne Jacobson LLP                             Eversheds LLP
Dawes, Edward Squire Sanders Hammonds                         This first-rate firm attracts praise for its “in-
Harkin, Paul Pinsent Masons                                   depth understanding of the nuances of cli-
Hayward, Paul Gateley                                         ents’ businesses.” It benefits from relation-
                                                              ships with numerous private equity houses
Hornigold, Andrew Pinsent Masons                              and a strong portfolio of blue-chip clients                                                           Stephen Kitts
Kitts, Stephen Eversheds LLP                                  from sectors including energy and renewa-
Millington, Jeremy Wragge & Co LLP                            bles,
                                                                healthcare and food. Leading highlights
Band 3                                                        include a role in one of the region’s largest
Beardmore, Mark H DLA Piper UK LLP                            transactions, advising the Tejani family on
Bennett, Paul George Green LLP                                the sale of the LPC Group to Sofidel Spa.
                                                                Client Service: “They show a can-do atti-         Katie Silvester
Cliff, Paul Gateley
Haywood, Noel DLA Piper UK LLP                                tude and commitment to delivering results.
                                                              We particularly appreciated their willingness
Hill, Chris Hill Hofstetter LLP                               to manage issues and not always wait to be
McLintock, Peter Squire Sanders Hammonds                      instructed.”
Muth, Graham Cobbetts LLP                                       Commercial Awareness: “I was very im-
Orme, Russell DLA Piper UK LLP                                pressed by the pragmatic and commercial
Perry, Geoff Squire Sanders Hammonds                          realism displayed by the team, which com-
Smith, Julian Mills & Reeve LLP                               bined with tact, diplomacy and sensitivity
                                                              has become a hallmark of Eversheds.”
Stilton, Andrew Martineau                                       KEY INDIVIDUALS Susan Lewis contin-
Vaughan, David Wragge & Co LLP                                ues to act for the firm’s high profile national
Wakefield, Paul Irwin Mitchell                                and international clients. “She fully deserves
Wrigley, Richard Martineau                                    her great reputation,” sources say. Stephen
                                                              Kitts is “good at holding his client’s hand          Andrew Stilton                                   James Lavery
Band 4                                                        through the process and explaining compli-
Green, Guy George Green LLP                                   cated concepts in layman’s terms.”                  visers and brokers. He has experience of            Katie Silvester recently advised on the ac-
Henwood, Julian Wragge & Co LLP                                 Keri Rees is “brilliant for corporate matters     acting on international deals and for Scandi-     quisition of Primetake by way of reverse
Lee, Robert Wright Hassall LLP                                – prompt, responsive and commercial.”               navian-based companies. M&A specialist            takeover. Michael Ward oversees the work of
Letza, Martin Shoosmiths                                                                                          David Vaughan is described as sensible, clear     the team.He continues to advise owner-
                                                              Wragge & Co LLP                                     headed and “extremely dedicated to his            managed businesses and large corporate
Peet, Alistair Shoosmiths                                     Clients and peers alike praise this team for        work.” He has a track record of advising on       clients on a variety of matters.
Silvester, Katie Gateley                                      its commerciality and superb client service.        transactions with a German element.
Taylor, Nicholas A Higgs & Sons                               Its client base ranges from owner-managed                                                             Pinsent Masons
Thomas, Jane Hill Hofstetter LLP                              private companies to FTSE-listed major cor-         Band 2                                            This nine-partner team is felt to have weath-
Ward, Michael Gateley                                         porates that include the likes of Premier           Gateley                                           ered the tough economic climate in a robust
Up-and-coming individuals                                     Foods, Harvard International, Dubai World           The team has recently been strengthened by        fashion. In recent times it has been particu-
                                                              Ports and Phones4U. In the past year it ad-         the arrival of a significant number of lawyers    larly active in the technology, energy and
McGiveron, Adam Martineau                                     visedNYSE-listed Cambrex on the USD20               from the now defunct law firm Halliwells.         healthcare sectors.
Rees, Keri Eversheds LLP                                      million acquisition of a 51 per cent stake in       Clients praise the firm for the quality of its      The firm also provides advice on private
Alphabetical order within each band. Band 1 is the highest.   Indian pharmaceutical company Zenara.               corporate practice as well as its proactive ap-   equity matters to funds including Better
                                                                Client Service: “You feel they are very much      proach. Recent highlights include advising        Capital, MML Capital, Apax Partners and
Recommended for Commercial Awareness                          part of your team and generally they give           on the £10 million AIM-placement of Real          Barclays Private Equity. Clients enjoy work-
West Midlands                                                 clear, concise advice.”                             Estate Investors and acting on the £42 mil-       ing with this “innovative and easy-to-deal-
DLA Piper UK LLP                                                Commercial Awareness: “Their advice has           lion return of capital by Dunelm Group.           with” practice.
                                                              been excellently commercial.We really enjoy           KEY INDIVIDUALS Paul Hayward focuses              KEY INDIVIDUALS Leading partner Paul
Eversheds LLP                                                 working with them.”                                 on advising private equity funds on a wide        Harkin recently advised Halfords Group on
Wragge & Co LLP                                                 KEY INDIVIDUALS Jeremy Millington                 range of corporate matters. He recently rep-      the £73 million acquisition of Nationwide
Recommended for Client Service                                specialises in private equity and M&A work.         resented Kimberly ccess on the acquisition of     Autocentres. Andrew Hornigold is singled out
                                                              In the past year he advised Automatic Data          1st Access Rentals and subsidiaries Pinnacle      for his “tremendous experience” on technol-
West Midlands                                                 Processing on the £16.2 million public takeo-       Platforms and Scotia Plant & Tool Hire. Paul      ogy-led deals. In the past year he advised
Browne Jacobson LLP                                           ver of OneClickHR. Julian Henwood provides          Cliff handles a range of transactional con-       Synetrix on the £75 million sale of the busi-
Eversheds LLP                                                 advice on IPOs, secondary fundraisings,             cerns, in particular those involving public       ness to Capita Group.
Shoosmiths                                                    public takeovers and regulatory compliance          companies on corporate and capital markets
Wragge & Co LLP                                               for publicly-listed companies, financial ad-        matters.
14 chambers & partners

Real Estate

                                                              A fantastic team
West Midlands
Leading Firms
Band 1
Eversheds LLP
Wragge & Co LLP
Band 2
Pinsent Masons
Band 3
Cobbetts LLP
Martineau                                                     Band 1                                                                                      from the London office, and its newly-
                                                              Eversheds LLP                                                                               opened Paris office gives it an extra di-
Shoosmiths                                                    Interviewees universally agree that this                                                    mension of international capability. It
Squire Sanders Hammonds                                       group deserves its Band 1 ranking,                                                          played a key role in Birmingham’s larg-
Wright Hassall LLP                                            commenting on its “excellent reputation                                                     est ever office investment deal, advising
Band 4                                                        and capability.” Clients describe it as                                                     Argent as property adviser to The
                                                              “an enthusiastic, committed and knowl-                                                      Brindleyplace Limited Partnership on
Clarke Willmott LLP                                           edgeable team” that “always makes you                                                       the £190 million sale of eight buildings
George Green LLP                                              feel that it is 100% focused on your in-                                                    in the Brindleyplace mixed-use devel-
Higgs & Sons                                                  structions.” Its extensive network of                                                       opment. It has also been advising War-
Mills & Reeve LLP                                             domestic and international offices al-                                                      wickshire County Cricket Club on its
Shakespeares                                                  lows the Birmingham team to offer as-                                                       £30 million redevelopment of its Edg-
                                                              sistance on a national and global basis,                                                    baston home ground and Covanta En-
Band 5                                                        and it continues to expand its client                                                       ergy on the UK’s largest industrial eco-
Ansons LLP                                                    roster with new names including                                                             park.
Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP                                Blacks, Phones 4u and Cordatus Part-                                                          KEY INDIVIDUALS Richard Bate is
Band Hatton LLP                                               ners.Major highlights include repre-                                                        unanimously acknowledged as “a lead-
Bevan Brittan LLP                                             senting Wolseley UK in its transfer of                                                      er in his field.” He chairs the residential
                                                              177 properties to Legacy – this was the                                                     development team and recently took the
Browne Jacobson LLP
                                                              UK’s first significant outsource of a                                                       lead acting for The Miller Group in its
Hill Hofstetter LLP                                           pure lease liability portfolio. It also han-                                                successful bid for management con-
The Wilkes Partnership LLP                                    dled the region’s largest real estate                                                       tracts worth £120 million.
Alphabetical order within each band. Band 1 is the highest    transaction of the last year, acting for       Kathy Toon, Martineau                          Market sources recognise Mark Ches-
                                                              Mitchells & Butlers in its £373 million                                                     ter for the strength of his work in devel-
Leading Individuals                                           sale of 333 properties to TDR Capital.         hard-working” Iftkhar Ahmed takes a          opment and regeneration projects, par-
Band 1                                                        Other key clients include HSBC, Uni-           key role in corporate real estate work       ticularly those that involve the educa-
Bate, Richard Wragge & Co LLP                                 part, Taylor Wimpey and Land Securi-           for clients such as Goodyear Dunlop,         tion and technology sectors.
Dakeyne, Mark Bridgehouse Partners LLP                        ties.                                          Unipart and Mitchells & Butlers, and
Jackson, Jason Shoosmiths                                       KEY INDIVIDUALS Gurjit Atwal                 he was involved in Safestore Holdings’       Band 2
                                                              leads the team’s work on development           £350 million refinancing. David Jones        Gateley
Medford, Phil Eversheds LLP                                   and investment, covering mixed-use             impresses with his fast turnaround           Clients highlight this as “a profes-
Nuttall, Callum Gateley                                       development projects, town centre re-          times and expertise across the range         sional and friendly” team that “shows
O’Meara, Anne Squire Sanders Hammonds                         generation and joint ventures. He rep-         of real estate work. Birmingham Mail-        great attention to detail.” Its heavy sec-
Band 2                                                        resented Land Securities in its £130           box, Hammerson and Urban Splash              tor involvement means that “it is al-
                                                              million acquisition of the O2 Centre.          are a few of his clients.                    ways in touch with the market,” and it
Ahmed, Iftkhar Eversheds LLP                                  Phil Medford is “an excellent lawyer                                                        is “very responsive to problems which
Atwal, Gurjit Eversheds LLP                                   who has his finger on the pulse and the        Wragge & Co LLP                              need to be dealt with immediately.”
Chester, Mark Wragge & Co LLP                                 client’s job at the forefront of his mind.”    This group offers “first-class practition-     Over the last year the firm has opened
Deady, Eleanor Wright Hassall LLP                             He focuses on large scale residential          ers” and a superlative reputation for its    a Manchester office populated by the
Jones, Alex Gateley                                           development schemes, and has re-               varied work across the breadth of real       former Halliwells real estate team to
Kordan, Joel Shoosmiths                                       cently handled Centex’s disposition of         estate issues; it is split into 15 subde-    provide clients with greater regional
                                                              Fairclough Homes and David Wilson              partments of specialists to cover all        coverage. The team has been assisting
Toon, Kathy Martineau                                         Homes’ acquisition of Roland Bardsley          facets of real estate. It regularly works    Wolverhampton City Council in its
Watson, Adrian Cobbetts LLP                                   Homes. The “very knowledgeable and             in close conjunction with colleagues         mixed-use redevelopment of the area
Band 3
Austin, Jon Higgs & Sons
Boss, Simon Shoosmiths
Calverley, Mark Bevan Brittan LLP
Camfield, Victoria Browne Jacobson LLP
Coleman, Peter J Higgs & Sons
Johnson, Tom Pinsent Masons
Khangura, Kultar Pinsent Masons
Lawson-King, Joanna Pinsent Masons
Ledger, Tim Gateley
Mort, Ceri George Green LLP
Shepherd, Sara Higgs & Sons
Simpson, Ray Gateley
Sutherland, Monique Squire Sanders Hammonds
Vernon, Clive Buller Jeffries
Whatley, Michael Mills & Reeve LLP
Associates to watch
Bradley, Fiona Squire Sanders Hammonds
Elliot, Cherry Shoosmiths
Jones, David Eversheds LLP
Munroe, Sandy Bevan Brittan LLP
Alphabetical order within each band. Band 1 is the highest.
Recommended for Commercial Awareness
Pinsent Masons
Recommended for Client Service
Higgs & Sons
Shakespeares                                                  Jason Jackson and Alex Bishop
                                                                                                                                                           chambers & partners 15

with real strength and depth
                                                                                                                                       Commercial Awareness “It displays a       advising Stoford Developments on a
                                                                                                                                     good understanding of our business          £75 million regeneration scheme in
                                                                                                                                     and is very commercially astute.”           West Bromwich. Office head Joel Ko-
                                                                                                                                       KEY INDIVIDUALS David Hayes               rdan is highly regarded for his exper-
                                                                                                                                     leads the Birmingham office’s real es-      tise in residential and commercial de-
                                                                                                                                     tate team.                                  velopments. Langtree Group is one of
                                                                                                                                                                                 his major clients, and recent instruc-
                                                                                                                                     Martineau                                   tions include a public sector partner
                                                                                                                                     Clients recognise this as “a solid team     agreement for Daresbury Science Park
                                                                                                                                     that meets deadlines and is good at         also involving Holton Borough Council
                                                                                                                                     handling negotiations.” It provides ex-     and NWDA. Simon Boss is “clear, prac-
                                                                                                                                     pertise across the range of real estate     tical and gets to the required result
                                                                                                                                     issues, with particular sector special-     with the least fuss.” He chairs the real
                                                                                                                                     ism in banking, education and energy-       estate group in Birmingham and has
                                                                                                                                     related transactions. It has been as-       spent a significant amount of time
                                                                                                                                     sisting the University of Worcester in      advising Poundland and One Stop
                                                                                                                                     its proposed joint venture to develop       Stores. Clients identify associate Cher-
                                                                                                                                     ten acres of a 40-acre site. Other cli-     ry Elliot as “a rising star who is very
                                                                                                                                     ents include Yorkshire Bank, West           good on investment.”
                                                                                                                                     Midlands Police Authority and Univer-
                                                                                                                                     sity of Cumbria.                            Squire Sanders Hammonds
                                                                                                                                       KEY INDIVIDUALS Kathy Toon is             This “fantastic team” has “real strength
                                                                                                                                     highly regarded for her work on behalf      in depth.”
                                                                                                                                     of retail clients, as well as investors       Regeneration and public sector work
                                                                                                                                     and developers. She recently joined the     are key areas of focus, and it has been
                                                                                                                                     firm from Clarke Willmott.                  assisting Nuneaton & Bedworth Bor-
                                                                                                                                                                                 ough Council in its multimillion-pound
                                                                                                                                     Shoosmiths                                  Bluebell development. Advantage West
                                                                                                                                     This 26-lawyer team regularly han-          Midlands is another major client, and
                                                                                                                                     dles work spanning all areas of real        recent work undertaken includes ad-
                                                                                                                                     estate law. Of late it has been espe-       vising it on Moog’s proposed £15 mil-
Anne O’Meara, Squire Sanders Hammonds                                                                                                cially occupied with retail and leisure-    lion relocation from Wolverhampton to
                                                                                                                                     related matters, acting for business        South Staffordshire.
                                                                                                                                     such as Midlands Co-operative Soci-           The group has also received a steady
immediately surrounding Wolverhamp-          and investment work. Big-ticket work         commercial portfiolios. Inviron, Wal-      ety, Poundland and the Jessop Group.        stream of instructions from the energy
ton’s main rail station, as well as advis-   includes assisting Waitrose in its new       sall MBC and Folkes Holdings are cli-      In terms of specific highlights, it is      and utilities sector; National Grid,
ing Morris Homes and Gentwo Housing          national stores programme, and acting        ents of note.                              sole property adviser to One Stop           Fulcrum Pipelines and Express Ener-
Association on their development of          for the Homes & Communities Agency             KEY INDIVIDUALS Adrian Watson            Stores, which is currently working to       gy have all recently received assist-
Britain’s largest zero carbon centre,        in the sale of its Isle of Wight site to a   is a well-known figure for his property    a total of 50 new store developments        ance.
which will consist of 344 new homes.         private sector house builder for resi-       development work on behalf of both         and acquisitions per year. It also con-       KEY INDIVIDUALS Interviewees
Opus Land, HSBC, British Telecom and         dential development. Commercial              public and private sector clients.         tinues to attract a healthy amount of       laud Anne O’Meara’s “ability to grasp
Alfred McAlpine Developments are more        Awareness “It has outstanding aware-                                                    developer clients including Birming-        the bigger picture and fit it together
names that feature prominently on its        ness; it constantly gives clients confi-     DLA Piper UK LLP                           ham Property Group, Shepherd Devel-         with the details.” She commands sig-
client roster.                               dence that it has its finger on the pulse    Over the last year, this team has kept     opments and new client Berwick              nificant market respect for her exten-
  Client Service “It provides an excel-      of what’s going on in the property           busy advising numerous banks on fi-        Hill.                                       sive development and regeneration
lent service with no shortcomings.”          world.”                                      nancing transactions, and its global         KEY INDIVIDUALS Interviewees              experience, assisting clients such as
  KEY INDIVIDUALS Callum Nuttall               KEY INDIVIDUALS Birmingham                 network of offices allows it to act for    highlight Jason Jackson as a strong         Wolverhampton City Council, Birming-
is extremely highly regarded for his         property team head Tom Johnson is            international clients such as US com-      lawyer with the ability to oversee          ham City Council and Stoke-on-Trent
expertise in regeneration, house build-      lead partner for a number of the             pany DST Realty. Other work includes       projects to the best possible results. He   City Council. Fellow regeneration spe-
ing and affordable housing. He is fre-       group’s largest clients, including John      representing Finning (UK) in its sale of   handles a combination of commercial         cialist Monique Sutherland advises a
quently retained in large-scale              Lewis Partnership/Waitrose and               Hewden UK to Sun European Part-            development, investment and property        range of public and private sector cli-
schemes, such as advising Bovis, Per-        ASDA. Joanna Lawson-King special-            ners.                                      finance matters, and he led the team        ents on projects across the retail, lei-
simmon Homes and Keepmoat on the             ises in property investment, major                                                                                                  sure, sports, industrial and residential
£350 million regeneration of north-          portfolio transactions and tax-driven                                                                                               sectors.Clients appreciate Fiona Brad-
east Coventry.                               proper t y fina nce dea ls. Kulta r                                                                                                 ley as an associate who provides “an
  Ray Simpson handles commercial             Khangura impresses with a “commer-                                                                                                  efficient outcome.” She is particularly
property development, with a particu-        cial approach” and “an all-round un-                                                                                                well versed in retail and charity-related
lar focus on assisting Midlands-based        derstanding of what makes transac-                                                                                                  matters.
developers in their industrial, retail,      tions work.” He has led on numerous
office and leisure projects. Clients ap-     major regeneration schemes, includ-                                                                                                 Wright Hassall LLP
preciate Tim Ledger’s “good knowledge        ing the £650 million Edgar Street                                                                                                   Interviewees agree that this is a robust
of working with and against local au-        project in Hereford.                                                                                                                team of experienced practitioners who
thorities,” adding that he is “strong at                                                                                                                                         are capable of deftly handling the full
drafting development agreements,”            Band 3                                                                                                                              range of real estate law. It sits on nu-
and is able to quickly grasp the perti-      Cobbetts LLP                                                                                                                        merous panels for high-profile compa-
nent points. Alex Jones recently joined      This team continues to advise on a                                                                                                  nies, including Myers La Roche, TUI
the firm from LL Law, and he handles         significant amount of investment prop-                                                                                              and new client Orbit Homes. Of late, it
the full range of commercial real estate     erty transactions. The last year has                                                                                                has handled Butchers Pet Care’s £38
law, specialising in mixed-use develop-      seen numerous new investor, develop-                                                                                                million acquisition of a new headquar-
ment and regeneration schemes and            er, housing association and local au-                                                                                               ters and manufacturing facility. Other
funding structures.                          thority client wins, such as County                                                                                                 major clients include BMW, JCDecaux
                                             Properties, which it advised on the                                                                                                 and Wigleys Contracts.
Pinsent Masons                               purchase, refurbishment and subse-                                                                                                    KEY INDIVIDUALS Eleanor Deady
Sources identify this as “a flexible         quent £8.8 million sale of a former                                                                                                 recently joined the firm from Cobbetts.
team that is good to work with and           Boots store. It has also assisted Jaguar                                                                                            She impresses with the depth of her
provides great advice.” It handles the       Cars and Land Rover in a number of                                                                                                  expertise in commercial real estate,
full array of real estate law, covering      asset management matters and acted                                                                                                  particularly where it involves complex
corporate deals, tax structuring, re-        for both Calthorpe Estates and Bir-                                                                                                 regeneration projects and property
generation and public sector projects        mingham Property Group across their          Jon Austin and Peter Coleman, Higgs and Sons                                           development.
16 MILLS & REEVE                               ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

We’re leading the field
National law firm Mills & Reeve                 is the third consecutive year it has been         company AmSurg Corp on UK investments,          Guy Hinchley
has more teams ranked as                        ranked in Band 1 of the legal directory, firm-    and advised CPC Foods on its acquisition of
leaders in their field than any                 ly cementing its position as a leading team       Beckett’s Foods. Fast expanding US train-
other top UK law firm, according                within its field. Earlier this year, the family   ing company TTi Global also turned to Ju-
to the latest edition of Chambers               team broke new ground with the launch of          lian and his team when they made their first
UK. Guy Hinchley, managing                      its very own smartphone app, Divorce UK,          acquisition on UK soil.
                                                which offers free guidance and advice on the         The year also brought new instructions
partner at the firm, gives his                  legal, practical and emotional issues faced       for the real estate and construction teams.
view on the impressive result                   by those considering divorce or separation.       Birmingham-based property developer Gal-

                                                  A dedicated YouTube channel to comple-          lan appointed Mills & Reeve to advise on its
              lmost 60 per cent of Mills &      ment the app has also been launched. To-          retail park development in Canning Town,
              Reeve’s 45 rankings were in       gether they support the firm’s established        while the team has successfully secured
              the top tier of this year’s website.                            more than 30 academy conversion projects,
              Chambers UK guide – the             As well as the team successes, a number         including ten projects based in the Mid-
              highest percentage of any         of partners from the Birmingham office also       lands.
top UK firm. This impressive showing            ranked highly this year. Gary Barber, Mat-           There was also a good showing in Cham-
also meant we were ranked among the             thew Hansell, Marc Saunderson and Angus           bers UK for the Birmingham employment
top five law firms in the UK based on the       Turner were all named as leading lawyers in       team, with partners Nick Abbott, Martin
total number of top tier rankings – a           their respective fields.                          Brewer and Jog Hundle all ranked in the
truly fantastic achievement.                      While not quite ranked in the top tier, the     guide.
  The rankings were split among various         corporate team, headed by partner Julian             Overall this is a fantastic result for the
teams across the firm’s six UK offices, in-     Smith, has had a buoyant year, advising on        firm and the Birmingham office, in what re-
cluding Birmingham, which put in a strong       a number of major deals, including the £73        mains a tough economic climate.
performance by having four teams – chari-       million takeover of satnav business Traffic-         It’s always reassuring to be recognised by
ties, family and matrimonial, private client    master by US private equity house Vector          our industry in this way. Mills & Reeve’s
and professional negligence – named in the      Capital.                                          philosophy of infectious ambition is about
top band.                                         The corporate team also completed a             getting the best results for our clients and
  For the family and matrimonial team,          number of acquisitions for Allied Health-         these fantastic directory rankings are proof
headed by partner Marc Saunderson, it           care Group, is advising NASDAQ health             that we are achieving this.

         one step ahead
        Thanks to some kind words from the most important people in our lives,
        that's our clients in case you’re wondering, a higher percentage of our
        teams are ranked number 1 in their field than any other top UK law firm.

        According to Chambers UK, Mills & Reeve is one of the top
        five firms in the UK based on the 26 top tier rankings our
        legal teams achieved.

         To find out more, contact Guy Hinchley on 0121 456 8337

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