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Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co - Birmingham
  • Two Snowhill
  • Birmingham
  • West Midlands
  • UK
  • B4 6WR
  • Chief executive David Fennell
  • Chairman Andrew Witts

The Firm Making a real connection with its people and clients, the firm uses commercial and innovative thinking to provide the legal solutions its clients need to thrive and prosper.

The partner-led service is backed up by the strength of more than 1200 individuals, operating from offices in Birmingham, Brussels, Dubai, Guangzhou, London, Monaco, Moscow, Munich, Singapore and Paris. These people work together as a single team to help clients achieve their ambitions.

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co is the World Law Group’s representative law firm in England and Wales, connecting clients with more than 15,000 lawyers globally. The firm also works with a global network of trusted independent firms, meaning that clients receive the best possible service in every jurisdiction.

This global reach, combined with the sector know-how and technical excellence of its people, is why the firm is a trusted adviser to FTSE 100 and 250 businesses, entrepreneurs, financial institutions, UK and overseas government departments, and high net worth individuals.

To find out more, visit www.wragge-law.com.

Types of Work Undertaken The firm’s core practice areas are:
■ Banking & Finance
■ Construction
■ Commercial
■ Competition & EU
■ Corporate
■ Dispute Resolution
■ Employment
■ Intellectual Property
■ IT
■ Outsourcing
■ Pensions
■ Private Capital
■ Projects
■ Public Law & Regulation
■ Real Estate
■ Tax

Sector Know-How Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co provides commercial, sector-specific advice based on an in-depth understanding of clients’ businesses.

Many Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co people have worked in the industries they now advise, giving them specialist insight. They recognise the pressures clients face, the changes in their marketplace and the risks, as well as opportunities, which present themselves.

Working across a wide range of sectors, the firm has leading expertise in advanced manufacturing; energy and natural resources; financial services; healthcare and life sciences; private capital; real estate and housing, and technology, communications and media.

    Contacts
  • Advertising Cerryg Jones
  • Automotive Stuart Young
  • Aviation James Gordon
  • Banking Kirsty Barnes
  • Central Government Mark Greenburgh
  • Construction & Engineering Richard Green
  • Commercial Development & Investment Richard Miles
  • Commercial, IT & Outsourcing Sally Mewies
  • Commercial Litigation Andrew Smith
  • Corporate Recovery Julian Pallett
  • Corporate Geoff Gouriet
  • Employment Jane Fielding
  • Energy/Utilities Derek Goodban
  • Environmental Lee McBride
  • EU/Competition Bernardine Adkins
  • Financial Institutions Kirsty Barnes
  • Food & Drink David Lowe
  • Healthcare Bleddyn Rees
  • Housing, Development & Regeneration Ashley Mitchell
  • Insurance/Reinsurance David Breslin
  • Intellectual Property Gordon Harris
  • International Quentin Poole
  • Life Sciences Patrick Duxbury
  • Local Government Mark Greenburgh
  • Media & Entertainment Julian Henwood
  • Pensions Glyn Ryland
  • Planning Andrew Thomas
  • Private Capital Anthony Thompson
  • Projects Stephen Kenny
  • Property Litigation Martin Thomas
  • Real Estate Richard Bate
  • Real Estate Finance Nick Turner
  • Regulation John Cooper
  • Retail & Leisure Christopher Hunt
  • Tax & Funds  Lee Nuttall

Branches

  • 3 Waterhouse Square,
  • 142 Holborn,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC1N 2SW
  • Tel (0870) 903 1000
  • Fax (0870) 904 1099
  • DX 282 LDE LONDON
  • Email : info@wragge.com
  • 4 More London Riverside,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • SE1 2AU
  • Tel +44 20 7379 0000
  • Fax +44 20 7379 6854
  • DX 132076 London Bridge 4
  • Email : info@wragge.com

Construction - London (Firms)

What the team is known for Active in transactional project work and contentious issues. Acts for a range of clients in the UK and overseas, including insurers, contractors and developers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their advice is clear, comprehensive and accessible." 

"A firm that is attractive to anyone who is serious about construction." 

What's new? On 1 May 2014, Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham merged to become Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.

Notable practitioners  

Key partner Philip Baker predominantly handles non-contentious matters. He has significant experience in advising clients on procurement and in the negotiation and drafting of contracts.

Significant clients AMEC, Center Parcs, E.ON UK, Morgan Sindall, Prologis.

Corporate/M&A - London (Firms)

What the team is known for Advises clients on a wide range of corporate transactions with sector focuses including insurance and natural resources. Features an enlarged corporate group following the merger between Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're always striving to do the best for us. They're very proactive, open and honest. There's never any surprises with them."

"I'm not a legal person, so there was a lot of layman's language. They found where my level was and pitched it perfectly."

What's new? The firm was formed following Lawrence Graham's merger with Wragge & Co in May 2014.

Work highlights Advised Archipelago Resources on a takeover offer by Rajawali Corpora, worth £338 million.

Assisted CBPE Capital with its sale by auction of Rosemont Capital to Perrigo for £183 million.

Notable practitioners  

Nick Heather is known for his expertise in public takeovers as well as private corporate transactions. He acted for British Land on its £101 million acquisition of a majority stake in Bath's Southgate Shopping Centre.

Significant clients Mercedes-Benz, Smiths News, British Land, Cape plc, Tasker Ventures.

Employment - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Broad client base including regular advice to public sector employers and mid-market financial services clients. Regular work on TUPE transfers as well as notable strength on team moves.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I have found them to be extremely pragmatic - we float an idea, give them an outline and they come back with solutions on how we could achieve that with the least risk and the least cost." 

What's new? In May 2014 Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham merged to form the combined firm Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.

Work highlights Assisted Jacobs UK in having a blacklisting claim brought by a former contractor struck out.

Notable practitioners  

Yvonne Gallagher has broad employment expertise including noted advisory work on TUPE and litigation in the employment tribunal and High Court. Clients praise her ability to translate difficult legal subjects into layman's terms as well as the reassurance she provides.

Significant clients Brewin Dolphin, Mediaforce, London Borough of Croydon, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Amey.

Information Technology - London (Firms)

What the team is known for Combines private and public sector transactional expertise with litigation strength. Advises on high-value outsourcing and procurement matters. Impressive client roster, incorporating start-ups and blue-chip corporates from a wide range of industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The advice they give is authoritative but also very clear, which as clients we really appreciate. They ask 'what is it you want to do?' and find a way of sorting it out with a can-do attitude that is incredibly refreshing."

"Always very responsive, pragmatic and straightforward to deal with."

What's new? On 1st May 2014, Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham merged to become Wragge Lawrence Graham and Co.

Work highlights Acted for SABMiller on an international service provider framework agreement for the implementation of its SAP-based ERP system.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Hall is a key contact.

Significant clients MBNL, Vodafone, Marks & Spencer, Universal Music, Capgemini. 

Intellectual Property - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 17 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A deep bench with noted strength across the full range of brands, content, patents, litigation, commercial and transactional work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We could not be happier with their performance in this instance, nor previously."

"A very strong patent litigation team." 

What's new? Wragge & Co merged with Lawrence Graham in May 2014.

Work highlights Secured a High Court judgment in favour of client ASSIA against BT in a patent infringement trial concerning digital subscriber line technology.

Global protection of Dyson's design, patent and trade mark portfolio for the engineering company's range of bladeless fans.

Notable practitioners  

Rebecca Costen is a much-lauded associate specialising in IP and media-related litigation. One source says: "She is diligent, perceptive and effective - I would recommend her in an instant."

David Barron is well regarded for his patent litigation work, often on behalf of US technology companies and across multiple jurisdictions. One source says he is "an extremely effective organiser of cases."

Gordon Harris is head of the firm's IP team. He is a highly respected patent expert, and specialises in electronic and mechanical engineering cases. He is described as a "very innovative and inspiring litigator."

Paul Inman leads the charge in life sciences patent litigation, and has worked on some of the biggest such cases in recent years. He is described as "outstanding and invaluable - really rolls his sleeves up and gets stuck in."

Alexandra Brodie handles both brands and patent litigation, and has a specialism in telecommunications cases. She played a prominent and "very effective" role in the ASSIA v BT case.

Significant clients AstraZeneca, Delta, GlaxoSmithKline, Lundbeck, Unilever.

Litigation - London (Firms)

What the team is known for Frequently instructed on cross-border work, with notable strength in asset tracing, professional negligence, enforcement and trust issues. Acts across areas such as the corporate and financial sectors, and for individuals and government clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very good communicators, and they handle the litigation process very well."

"They're able to deal with a wide range of issues in multiple jurisdictions."

What's new? Lawrence Graham merged with Wragge & Co on 1 May 2014 to create Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.

Work highlights Acted for the Federative Republic of Brazil and the Municipality of São Paulo in proceedings against the former mayor of São Paulo and two associated BVI companies. This was over unjust enrichment as the result of fraud from a kickback scheme on a major construction project.

Acted for Angelmist Properties in defence of a £74.5 million claim alleging breach of director's duties.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Dobson is a key contact.

Significant clients Cove Energy, Naftogaz, The Ministry of Revenue and Duties of Ukraine, Grant Thornton, 3i Group.

Pensions - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Distinguished for its ability to tackle complex pensions challenges, including investments and asset-backed funding arrangements. Operates across both public and private sectors on scheme management concerns and has a great deal of experience on restructuring issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They show a willingness to present alternatives and an ability to present recommendations in a comprehensible way to non-experts."

"They get through the issue very quickly under severe time pressures."

What's new? On 1 May 2014, Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham merged to become Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.

Work highlights Advised Fujitsu on new funding arrangements for its 21,000-member pensions schemes.

Notable practitioners 

Jason Coates advises on a broad range of scheme management issues, ranging from corporate transactions and restructurings to scheme mergers. Clients comment: "He is very pragmatic - his advice is understandable and he really puts himself in the shoes of the client to establish what is wanted."

Paul Feathers is noted for his pensions investment practice, and also holds a great deal of expertise on scheme restructurings. He proves popular with clients, who note: "He is very commercial and will look for pragmatic and practical solutions to problems."

Jane Kola is praised by clients for "her excellent technical skills," as well as "her willingness to present alternatives and ability to present recommendations in a comprehensible way to non-experts."

Adam Bushby "is proactive in his approach as he anticipates potential issues that might impact the client and provides a clear analysis of the situation," according to clients.

Significant clients Philips Pension Fund, Rothesay Life, Michells & Butlers Pension Plans, AMEC Pension Plan, G4S Pension Scheme.

Planning - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Strong central London development planning practice with an impressive base of developer clients. Also noted for advising local authorities and their joint venture partners on urban regeneration schemes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The combination of Wragges and Lawrence Graham makes a very strong planning team."

What's new? On 1 May 2014, Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham merged to become Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.

Work highlights Acted for the owners of Battersea Power Station on the £8 billion redevelopment of the site, as part of the wider regeneration of the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area.

Advised Sainsbury's on the £30 million redevelopment of Bicester town centre, including compulsory purchase compensation and judicial review issues.

Notable practitioners  

Peers admire Clare Fielding's work on landmark commercial developments, describing her as "very pragmatic and pleasant to deal with." She has also advised on compulsory purchase order issues.

Duncan Field acts for developer and investor clients on the full range of planning matters. He is described by sources as "incredibly thorough and efficient. He's very thoughtful and his views are always well considered. He often sees a different angle on something that others haven't seen."

Significant clients The Crown Estate, Legal & General, O2, Dover District Council, Bracknell Regeneration.

Private Client - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Benefits from the firm's global offering in providing comprehensive support to its international client base. Advises ultra high net worth individuals and families on complex asset structuring, risk assessment and tax efficiency.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is very professional, client-focused and responsive." 

"They're dedicated to the client's individual needs." 

What's new? Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham merged in May 2014 to create Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.

Notable practitioners

Nicholas Jacob is a highly regarded trusts and tax expert with a stellar reputation in the market. He is well known for his international practice, in particular advising wealthy individuals and families from East Asia on a range of matters.

Anthony Thompson advises wealthy individuals on estate and succession planning. He is described by observers as "a very calm adviser with great oversight over the details of the case and the position of the different jurisdictions involved."

Catharine Bell acts across a range of contentious and non-contentious trust matters, regularly advising clients from Russia and Eastern Europe. Sources describe her as a "well-rounded, concise lawyer with a full grasp of offshore fiduciary structuring, as well as UK tax advice."

Significant clients HSBC Private Bank, Rothschild Trust, New World Trust, Scotiatrust.

Real Estate Finance - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Combines focused real estate finance expertise with a corporate approach to provide the full scope of property-related financial products. Primarily lender-focused practice with substantial experience in acting for German banks and alternative lenders.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"What they get really well is the balance of being personable, understanding the commercial issues, and being very good technically."

"Very good - I liked the partner input and availability." 

What's new? On 1 May 2014, Wragge & Co. and Lawrence Graham merged to become Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.

Work highlights Acted for HSBC on the £100 million acquisition facilities for the purchase of a student accommodation portfolio.

Worked for the London & Cambridge Properties Group on multiple investment and development financings totalling in excess of £340 million.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Lent is "very commercially minded - rather than looking for legal obstacles that are there, he'll come up with ways to deal with them," according to sources. He is a secured real estate financing specialist, including investment and development matters. He regularly acts on both domestic and international transactions.

Department head Nick Turner advises clients on all aspects of financing and restructuring transactions. He is well regarded for his "pragmatic and user-friendly approach" in addition to his experience in working with distressed debt and assets, advising servicers on CMBS transactions in the UK and Germany.

Significant clients ICG Longbow, Santander, Handelsbanken, Cheyne Capital, Investec.

Real Estate Litigation - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Acts for a range of significant clients, including developers and investors. Represents both institutional landlords and corporate occupier tenants in a variety of disputes. Also noted for insolvency disputes involving property assets.

What's new? On 1 May 2014, Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham merged to become Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.

Work highlights Advised Royal London on rights of light issues at three significant development projects on Holborn Viaduct and Farringdon Street.

Represented A&A Group in claims brought by Friends Life for repayment of service charges levied prior to the end of the tenant's lease in respect of anticipated expenditure.

Notable practitioners  

Anne Waltham is characterised by sources as someone with "a wealth of experience, who fights her client's corner." She has particular expertise on rights of light issues.

Martin Thomas is the head of the real estate litigation team. He advises clients on all types of contentious issues, and is regarded in the market as a "seriously experienced practitioner who has seen it all before."

Carole Peet is a well-recognised and highly experienced practitioner, and an acknowledged leader in the field of real estate litigation. She specialises in disputes work for asset management clients. Peers regard her as "tough, but pleasant to deal with."

Significant clients Boeing, Commerzbank, Ballymore, Henderson Investors, LaSalle.

Real Estate - London (Firms)

What the team is known for Retained by an impressive range of institutional funds, with particular expertise in retail assets. Also acts for a number of private equity houses. Tackles landmark development and regeneration projects for developers and investors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We find them very user-friendly. They're very good at delivering what you want to deliver and at adapting to what you want."

"They're very good. They're quite proactive in how they go about the preparation of documentation and chasing up responses and queries."

What's new? On 1 May 2014, Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham combined to create Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.

Work highlights Acted for Bracknell Regeneration on the £500 million Bracknell town centre redevelopment project.

Advised St Modwen on its £450 million science and innovation campus development, in partnership with Swansea University.

Notable practitioners  

Julian Innes-Taylor has a broad property practice with particular expertise in headquarters leasing deals. Clients say: "With Julian it's very easy just to pick up the phone have a conversation. You don't feel like the clock's ticking and he's very knowledgeable in his specialist field."

Jon Lloyd advises high-profile developer clients on a range of significant schemes. "I really rate Jon Lloyd, he's a standout guy that wants to get deals done," states one fellow practitioner.

Peter Thorne specialises in development work. "He's very knowledgeable, he's practical and he won't argue points purely for their legality," reports one client, adding: "He'll recognise that there's a commercial element to whether they're worth arguing or not."

Rabinder Chaggar acts for clients including the Crown Estate on investment deals, development matters and leasing. "He's got a very good commercial approach and is good at interpreting our requirements," clients say.

Significant clients Sainsbury's, Henderson Global Investors, Universities Superannuation Scheme, British Land, Queensbury Real Estate.

Banking & Finance - Midlands

Basic facts about the department

- 4 partners
- 3 directors
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location ranked: Birmingham

What the team is known for A particular expertise in healthcare and social housing. Known for its depth of experience in high-quality mid-market transactions.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They offer the market London-quality service but more cost-efficient. The quality of the legal advice is excellent."

"They're backed up by people who can talk the property language." 

Work highlights Acted for Pension Insurance Corporation in relation to a £41 million loan to University Partnerships Programme, used to fund new student accommodation in Canterbury.

Advised JVM Castings in connection with the refinancing of its existing facilities. This involved securing a new invoice discounting facility on favourable commercial terms.  

Notable practitioners  

Chris Brierley specialises in leveraged acquisition, healthcare and social housing finance. Clients are impressed with his ability to "translate the legal jargon into layman's terms," and also highlight his "forthright and thorough" approach to matters.

Significant clients Deutsche Bank, CBRE, BNP Paribas, Marks & Spencer, Bank of America.

Construction - Midlands

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Birmingham

What the team is known for Market leader in Birmingham. Acts for a range of clients on often high-profile work, covering the whole development process as well as complex litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I like the fact that you get pragmatic and commercially oriented advice from them."

"A regional powerhouse." 

Work highlights Advised St. Modwen on Swansea University's new £450 million science and innovation campus development.

Represented Sandwell Homes in a £4 million High Court case concerning a procurement contract for the maintenance of its housing stock.

Notable practitioners  

Former quantity surveyor Michael O'Shea has several national contractor clients. He is a contentious specialist.

Sue Ryan focuses on contentious construction cases and has a wealth of experience in all stages of the dispute process. Peers say she is "sensible and pragmatic."

Simon Baylis has over 35 years' experience in the construction industry and "continues to give extremely good advice," say sources. He is well versed in various construction contracts, as well as contentious matters.

Ashley Pigott acts on both contentious and non-contentious matters and is also an adjudicator. He is well recognised in the market. 

Significant clients AMEC Group, Center Parcs, E.ON UK, Kier May Gurney, Morgan Sindall.

Employment - Midlands

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- Office locations ranked: Birmingham

What the team is known for Leading Birmingham practice, offering a comprehensive range of contentious and non-contentious employment law expertise to an impressive array of public and private sector clients. Also noted for its work on behalf of senior executives.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is strong in all aspects of employment law and as well as providing training they also give creative solutions. The lawyers are skilled relationship managers and they spend time making sure they understand their client's needs."

"Their feel for how things will play out is really good; they are very responsive and they understand the nature of our business."

Work highlights Assisted administrators at PwC with the insolvency of the company that makes London's black cabs, involving trade union discussions and redundancy plans. The team also advised on the employment matters related to the eventual sale of the company to a Chinese multinational auto manufacturer.

Notable practitioners

Commentators praise Jonathan Chamberlain's employment expertise and say that he "gives you the answer rather than just options." 

Martin Chitty is experienced across several sectors including non-profit, construction, energy and environment, financial services, healthcare and manufacturing. He is rated for his "pragmatic, trusted and insightful legal advice."

The highly regarded Trevor Gibson comes particularly recommended for contentious employment law strengths.

Associate Simon Stephen is noted for his expertise in trade union matters and impresses clients with his pragmatic advice and ability to find a solution.  

Significant clients Cathay Pacific, London City Airport, London Borough of Croydon, Oxfam, Shell.

Environment - Midlands

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Birmingham

What the team is known for A leading firm for environment matters, with expertise in a wide variety of areas including asbestos, environmental permitting, real estate work and environmental insurance. Deftly assists with environmental aspects of major projects and M&A.

Notable practitioners  

Lee McBride is singled out for his transactional expertise and his strength in advising clients on environmental matters with a real estate dimension. Sources are quick to praise him, deeming him to be "very good and very experienced."

Information Technology - Midlands

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Birmingham

What the team is known for Well equipped to act for a range of clients, from start-up companies to blue-chip clients. Advises clients in the telecoms, utilities, financial services, pharmaceutical, health, and local and central government industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have had a strong IT practice for a long time, so their reputation is well deserved - they are experienced in this area."

"They have good expertise within the team; they are a good, rounded firm in that respect."

Work highlights Advised Morrisons on the outsourcing of its hardware support and maintenance agreement, and the company-wide upgrade of desktop operating systems.

Advised SABMiller on the negotiation of IT contract templates and a global IT framework agreement.

Notable practitioners  

Patrick Arben is noted as a leading commercial litigation partner, adept in software licensing and data security disputes. One client finds him to be "utterly professional and pragmatic in the extreme – he looks at the likely litigious outcomes and finds the settlement that's best for the client."

Sally Mewies leads the commercial, IT and outsourcing practice. One source comments that she has a "co-operative and practical approach - she wants to get the deal done and represent her client well."

Sarah Sasse is experienced in public sector outsourcing and public sector IT contracting. She has worked extensively with local authority clients of late.

Significant clients MBNL, Vodafone, Airwave, London Borough of Croydon, Marks & Spencer. 

Intellectual Property - Midlands

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Birmingham

What the team is known for Forms part of a global IP practice with particular expertise in life sciences and hi-tech matters. Provides comprehensive coverage of both exploitation and enforcement issues, with an especially respected contentious capability.   

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are head and shoulders above the rest."

"Specialists with quality clients and part of a national team.

Work highlights Acted successfully for comedy club chain Comic Enterprises in its widely reported High Court trade mark and passing-off action against Twentieth Century Fox concerning Fox's use of the words 'Glee' and 'The Glee Project' when referring to its successful TV series. The terms were alleged to  infringe Comic Enterprises' own 'The Glee Club' trade mark.

Advised AstraZeneca on the IP aspects of its agreements with Vanderbilt University to collaborate in the development of compounds designed to combat the effects of such brain disorders as Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia.

Notable practitioners  

Cerryg Jones heads the brands team and litigates prominently on copyright, design and trade mark issues. He recently led the team representing Comic Enterprises in its landmark trade mark dispute with Twentieth Century Fox.

Patrick Duxbury brings academic distinction in the life sciences sector to his highly regarded transactional IP practice. He is characterised by one source as "a very calm and incredibly sensible individual who clearly knows what he is doing." He recently acted for AstraZeneca on IP-related aspects of a number of agreements with Vanderbilt University.  

Luke Kempton's doctorate in biochemistry makes him "a great resource," particularly for clients from the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. He recently advised Portuguese pharmaceutical company Bial on a licensing agreement with Ono Pharmaceutical of Japan concerning a new treatment for Parkinson's disease.  

Kate Swaine is highly experienced in handling both domestic and contentious IP issues in the brand and design spheres. Her recent highlights include leading the team counselling Dyson on the management of its design rights, patent and trade mark portfolio across five continents. 

Significant clients GlaxoSmithKline, Hasbro, InterDigital, Mothercare, Unilever.

Litigation - Midlands

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Birmingham

What the team is known for Maintains a reputation as one of Birmingham's leading litigation practices. Clients include several household names, and the team are instructed to advise on some of the highest-value cases in the Midlands.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very good communicators and handle the litigation process very well."

Work highlights Represented automotive safety company TRW Automotive in defending an alleged breach of supply agreement claim worth EUR30 million.

Advised Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council on a defence and counterclaim to a valuable claim for unlawful contract termination brought by BT.

Notable practitioners  

James Gordon is admired by one client as a "very bright guy," and is further praised for his judgement, which clients value. He is described as a "phenomenal" lawyer for dealing with large pieces of litigation.

Andrew Manning Cox enjoys an exceptional reputation among his peers, one of whom describes him as a "top-drawer" litigator with "boardroom gravitas." He continues mediation work.

Andrew Smith is a partner who clients "love dealing with." He is rated highly by peers and continues to lead important cases for the team.

Significant clients Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, Philips Electronics, Vodafone, TWR, The Home Retail Group.

Pensions - Midlands

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Birmingham

What the team is known for Highly reputed Birmingham pensions group with a deep bench of distinguished practitioners. Tackles the full range of matters for large occupational schemes and sponsoring employers. Regularly advises clients on risk management and corporate transactions with pensions implications.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They provide cost-effective work and are very pragmatic and responsive."

"They are an outstanding outfit." 

Work highlights Advised the Philips pension fund on a £484 million bulk annuity transaction.

Assisted Morrisons with its occupational pensions scheme, including advice on risk-sharing.

Notable practitioners 

Richard Black is described by market sources as "an industry leader." His practice spans the full range of pensions matters, including corporate transactions and restructurings. "Clients love him; he is very direct and good fun to work with," sources said.

Glyn Ryland heads the firm's pensions team and has deep experience in all areas of pensions law, ranging from asset-backed financing to investment issues. He is held in high regard by market sources, who comment: "He is very measured and considered, and his knowledge is unrivalled."

Paul Carberry has considerable expertise on a broad array of public and private sector pensions matters. He is described by clients as "very down to earth, straightforward and pragmatic."

Kevin Milton works with trustees and employers on challenges facing pension schemes. One commentator states: "He is a very steady pair of hands and a good technical lawyer."

Vivien Cockerill is responsible for pensions strategy and leads the trustee governance group. She has a wealth of experience on the full spectrum of pensions matters, with an emphasis on defined benefit schemes.

Chris Stiles recently assisted SR Technics UK Pension Scheme with a £200 million buyout. Sources say he is "very good technically and knows his stuff."

Joanne Tibbott "is seen as a star in the making and definitely one to watch," commentators reported. She has experience of high-value transactional matters and scheme management.

Alison Winstanley is singled out by market sources as "a fantastic public speaker" and "a very reliable lawyer." She assisted Affinity Water in the development and implementation of a new pension scheme.

Significant clients ICL Group Pension Plan of Fujitsu UK and Ireland, Rothesay Life, AMEC Pension Plan, Thales UK Pension Scheme, Pirelli Schemes.

Planning - Midlands

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Birmingham

What the team is known for Receives widespread acclaim as a heavyweight in the field, handling an impressive range of work throughout the region and beyond. Offers significant expertise in the infrastructure, retail and commercial sectors. Acts for clients in the public and private sectors.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Thomas heads the department and has a strong reputation in the area. Sources praise him as "a long-term player" and "a well-known, good planning lawyer," highlighting his excellent experience in the sector and his ability to handle sophisticated mandates.

Real Estate Litigation - Midlands

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

What the team is known for Works in close collaboration with the firm's London office to offer a full service on matters including rent reviews, development disputes, rights of light, site clearances and telecoms. Attracts a large number of clients from the retail sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very easy to work with - commercial and practical." 

"It has fantastic clients." 

What's new? Recently added London City Airport and Peel Environmental to its client portfolio.

Work highlights Acted for Morrisons on various contentious issues arising from the supermarket's acquisition of 49 Blockbuster stores from its administrators.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Kent commands tremendous respect in the market: "His presentation and interpersonal skills are second to none. He is extremely thorough and knowledgeable about the law." Recent work highlights have included rent reviews, contract disputes and professional negligence claims.

Paul Barker has a niche specialism in anti-trespass and protestor matters and has recently been involved in some high-profile cases in the environmental sector. Commentators describe him as "committed, intelligent and extremely hardworking."

Significant clients Ballymore, Taylor Wimpey, Schroder UK Property Fund, Persimmon Homes, Marks & Spencer.

Restructuring/Insolvency - Midlands

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Birmingham

What the team is known for Solid stable of lender clients. Leverages its wider expertise in the real estate, pension and automotive sectors. Maintains strong relationships with major banking clients and other debt holders.

Notable practitioners  

The restructuring and corporate recovery practice is led by Julian Pallett. 

Tax - Midlands

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Birmingham

What the team is known for Strong focus on the life sciences, real estate, energy, manufacturing and banking sectors. Often advises Enterprise Investment Scheme investors and Venture Capital Trusts, working on matters such as MBOs, partial cash-outs and development capital funding.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Provides excellent, practical and well-written advice."

"Their tax team was excellent, and always is."  

Work highlights Advising Sanctuary Housing Association on the tax implications of its secured bond issue, valued at £150 million.

Advising Metro Bank on complex VAT issues arising as a result of its growth strategy.

Notable practitioners  

Lee Nuttall is praised by his peers for his skills in handling property tax matters. He has been advising Konecranes on tax issues relating to its collaboration with KION Group to become Linde Material Handling's long-term supplier of container-handling lift trucks.

Clients say that Neil Pearson is "very knowledgeable, and with his experience he has a lot of practical solutions." He focuses his tax practice on advising private equity clients, and recently acted for Horizon Discovery on tax aspects of its £6.9 million Series C fund-raising.

Significant clients Taylor Wimpey, The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society, LaSalle Investment Managers, Maven Capital Partners, intu Properties.

Construction - National Leaders (outside London)

What the team is known for Well-regarded West Midlands practice retained by leading developers, contractors and construction consultants on significant development mandates. Also tackles critical disputes matters, including professional negligence claims, adjudication and contested procurement issues. Further experienced in power projects and renewable energy matters. Key clients include St Modwen Properties, Vinci and Morgan Sindall. Ranked office in Birmingham.

Notable practitioners  

Ashley Piggot is a key contact.

Employment - National Leaders (outside London)

What the team is known for Top-drawer Birmingham-based group that acts for a range of clients including large multinationals and local authorities such as Cathay Pacific, Amey, Jacobs, London Borough of Tower Hamlets and London Borough of Newham. The team regularly provides ongoing advice on non-contentious matters, as well as dealing with litigation in the tribunal and High Court. Ranked office in Birmingham.

Notable practitioners  

The key contact for the firm is Jane Fielding. 

Intellectual Property - National Leaders (outside London)

What the team is known for Noted international practice drawing on expertise from all across Europe. Regularly advises clients in the biotech sector on brand protection matters. Often represents key clients in patent litigation cases. Ranked office in Birmingham.

Notable practitioners  

Gordon Harris heads the department.

Planning - National Leaders (outside London)

What the team is known for Offers expertise in public and private sector planning matters. Birmingham-based practice, strengthened by the recent merger between Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham. Experienced in advising a wide range of clients on significant developments and projects. Ranked office in Birmingham.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Thomas is a key contact.

Real Estate - National Leaders (outside London)

What the team is known for Dedicated commercial property practice with broad sector expertise including energy, healthcare, retail and leisure. Handles significant national mandates including large-scale investment, high-profile projects and regeneration work. Ranked office in Birmingham.

Notable practitioners  

Adrian Bland is a key contact.

Banking Litigation - The Regions

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Birmingham

What the team is known for Handles both domestic and international banking and finance disputes, with a strong focus on debt recovery. Also particularly active on fraud and professional negligence and issues of retail and asset finance.

What's new? Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham merged on 1 May 2014 to become Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.

Work highlights Acted for Jephson Housing Association on a £1 million claim for mis-selling of a lease agreement against Danwood Leasing and Hewlett-Packard Financial Services.

Acted for Blemain Finance on a number of professional negligence claims against valuers over property valuations for secured lending.

Notable practitioners

Greg Standing is a key contact.

Significant clients Blemain Finance, Lloyds Banking Group, Citi, CIT Vendor Finance, Arena Coventry.

Competition/European Law - The Regions

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

What the team is known for Significant experience in regulatory investigations, cartels and competition litigation.

What's new? Birmingham-based Wragge & Co merged with London firm Lawrence Graham in May 2014, creating Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.

Notable practitioners  

Head of the competition and EU team Bernardine Adkins is "well regarded" for her competition expertise. Sources say: "She's very good at taking clients who are not so used to competition processes and holding their hand. She's good at responding to the individual needs of each client."

Significant clients Aston Martin Lagonda, Origin Enterprises, Thomas Vale Construction, Premier Foods Group, Alere.

Capital Markets - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Market-leading practice houses a deep knowledge of the AIM market. Acts for an impressive number of NOMADs and AIM-listed companies, and has expertise across a wide range of sectors. Particular knowledge of investment fund matters related to AIM, as well as IPOs and secondary fund-raisings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Sound commercial judgement and clear understanding of key issues facing their client."

"They really do go the extra mile and they certainly cover themselves in glory."

Work highlights Represented the NOMAD to GVC Holdings, Daniel Stewart, on its readmission to AIM.

Advised Cenkos in its role as NOMAD and broker regarding Breedon's £60 million secondary placing raising.

Notable practitioners  

"Seasoned practitioner" Nick Heather is acclaimed in the market for his capital markets practice. He recently advised Investec in its role as NOMAD and broker to Bonmarché regarding its £40 million placing raising and admission to AIM.

John Reed has a strong capital raising and investment funds practice. His recent highlights include advising AIM-listed Dolphin on the EUR50 million issue of Euro convertible bonds.

Significant clients Circle Holdings, Dolphin Capital Investors, finnCap, Firestone Diamonds, Greenko Group. 

Energy & Natural Resources - UK-wide

What the team is known for Recognised for its commercial and regulatory practice in the UK power sector. Advises on regulatory issues, competition matters, investigations and disputes. Additional expertise in power project finance and the negotiation of power purchase agreements.  

What's new? On 1 May 2014, Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham merged to become Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.

Gus Wood was recently promoted to partner.

Work highlights Advised on the financing and development of a 2,250 MW gas and alternative fuel-fired IPP in Egypt.

Notable practitioners  

John Cooper is a respected regulatory solicitor who acts in the power sector. He advised the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation in relation to a referral to the UK Competition Commission. Clients say: "A very intelligent person who gets things done."

Derek Goodban advises clients on commercial and regulatory issues in the power sector. He acted for Infinis in a successful judicial review of a decision by the regulator, Ofgem.

New partner Gus Wood advises clients on regulatory and commercial matters in the power sector. He is particularly highly regarded for his knowledge of power purchase agreements.

Significant clients DECC, Statkraft, IFC, HSBC, Opus Energy. 

Fraud - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established track record of handling high-value civil fraud disputes, investigations and asset recovery proceedings.

What's new? Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham merged in May 2014 to create Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.

Work highlights Acted for the Federative Republic of Brazil and the municipality of São Paulo in relation to fraud litigation regarding the former mayor of São Paulo and two British Virgin Islands companies.

Advised the Ministry of Revenue & Duties of Ukraine in relation to an alleged misappropriation of state assets in excess of £1 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Chairman Andrew Witts specialises in fraud and international asset tracing. He is acting in major litigation relating to the Madoff affair. Sources say: "He's good at balancing expectations and manages to stay very calm under fire."

Significant clients Grant Thornton, Naftogaz, Media Force Group, Cove Energy, Continental Visions International.

Health & Safety - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Birmingham

What the team is known for Recommended for its work on cases regarding fatalities and serious injuries, and noted for its expertise across a diverse range of sectors, including construction, healthcare, aerospace and defence. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're excellent. They're responsive to urgent enquiries. They cut to the chase and don't waffle."

Notable practitioners  

Susan Dearden has advised on a number of high-profile cases. Clients say interactions with her are a smooth process as she is "approachable" and "very clear" on case progress.

Andrew Litchfield has recently acted on cases of serious injury and fatality, and undertakes his own advocacy work. Clients describe him as being "reasonable, objective, assured and practical."

Healthcare - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Advises private healthcare providers, including care homes and hospitals, on a range of transactional issues including M&A, real estate and complex healthcare restructurings. Also noted for handling complex financings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have an intuitive understanding of healthcare issues."  

"I am particularly impressed by the level of partner engagement. Advice given is appropriate and commercial and value for money is very good. "

What's new? On 1 May 2014, Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham combined to create Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.

Work highlights Represented Circle Health in the Competition Commission's investigation into private healthcare.

Advised Circle Holdings on a £25 million cash placing and subscription.

Notable practitioners Karima Hudson leads the healthcare team.

Significant clients Cygnet Health, Audley Court, Caring Homes, Jenmark.

Insurance - UK-wide

What the team is known for A notable presence in international work, especially in Bermuda Form arbitrations and US claims. Punches above its weight in terms of instructions from leading clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"My experience with them was the best and I would recommend them in a heartbeat. They are the most efficient and uniquely good firm in my London market experience."

"A lean team in a good sense. We always knew who to talk to and they made themselves very available."

What's new? The firm was formed through the merger of Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham in 2014. 

Notable practitioners  

David Breslin is very well regarded by the market and frequently handles major international disputes for global reinsurers. "He is a very pragmatic lawyer who is a good strategist and approachable, with an excellent knowledge of the market," said one commentator.

Antony Woodhouse is an adept cross-border operator and insurance specialist who offers particular expertise on Bermuda Form arbitration issues. Peers say he is "extremely quick, organised, efficient and effective at spotting issues and formulating pleadings."  

Investment Funds - UK-wide

What the team is known for Proficient across a wide range of closed-end listed funds matters, frequently representing significant investment management houses. Also enjoys established relationships with leading corporate finance houses. Has seen a good volume of IPO activity of late. Recognised for its innovative work on REITs. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They do a good job - they are good to deal with and knowledgeable." 

What's new? The team gained Cantor Fitzgerald, Blue Star Capital and Gravis Capital Partners as new clients this year.

Work highlights Assisted GCP Student Living with the launch and fund-raising of the UK's first residential REIT, which raised £70 million through a placing and offer for subscription.

Advised BlackRock Frontiers Investment Trust with its listing on the main market and subsequent £62 million fund-raising.

Notable practitioners  

Nick Heather is highlighted for his professionalism when handling closed-end listed funds matters. He continues to cultivate excellent relationships with key banks and brokers and has acted for Japan Residential Investment on its placing on AIM.

John Reed lately assisted Chenavari Capital Solutions with its IPO and subsequent placing and subscription offer, which raised £130 million. He has acknowledged strength in the structuring of offshore funds and also regularly works on funds-related M&A activity.

Oliver Riley "has a fantastically broad experience across a wide variety of corporate transactions. He invariably comes up with solutions that are above all workable and commercial, and as such is a pleasure to work with," enthuses one satisfied client.  

Significant clients VinaLand, Dexion Capital, The Forest Company, Japan Residential Investment, Jefferies International.  

Life Sciences - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for One of the country's leading transactional life sciences practices, which focuses on the full range of commercial agreements particular to the sector. The firm also has a formidable offering in patent litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A very strong team indeed." 

What's new? Wragge & Co merged with Lawrence Graham in May 2014.

Work highlights Advised GlaxoSmithKline on a EUR423 million licensing deal with German biotech company MorphoSys to develop and market a new drug to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

Defended Lundbeck against a challenge by Resolution Chemicals to its SPC covering escitalopram.

Notable practitioners 

Patrick Duxbury is one of the most respected transactional lawyers in the life sciences sector. He "combines a very sophisticated approach to contract construction and negotiation with sage advice that we have come to appreciate and trust greatly," said one interviewee.

Paul Inman is described by sources as a "very accomplished" contentious lawyer, who specialises in high-stakes pharmaceuticals patent litigation. He led the team defending Lundbeck against Resolution Chemicals' challenge to its blockbuster escitalopram.

Luke Kempton advises market leaders and emerging companies on all manner of collaboration and licence agreements. He is commended for his "great commitment to and focus on the sector."

Significant clients AstraZeneca, Eisai, Heptares Therapeutics, Rosemont Pharmaceuticals, Tillotts Pharma.

Local Government - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 33 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Birmingham, London

What the team is known for Notable team with a range of local authority clients. Areas of expertise include public procurement as well as redevelopment, construction and data protection.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are good at getting the deal done rather than engaging in 'angels on pinheads' legal debates."

What's new? Legacy Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham merged in May 2014 to create the new firm.

Work highlights Advised Coventry City Council concerning the Friargate project, a new 37-acre commercial district within the city centre.

Acted for the London Borough of Ealing on matters surrounding the potential refurbishment and redevelopment of the Copley Close estate.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Sellers advises on issues including public procurement. He is well respected in the market and has a wealth of local government experience, both in-house and in private practice. 

Mark Greenburgh specialises in advising on the HR and employment issues faced by public body clients. According to admiring sources, "he very quickly comes up to speed with regard to the challenges and issues concerned, and is also very even-handed as well as innovative in the solutions and options to address the issue."

Significant clients Croydon Council, Transport for London, Gloucestershire County Council, Norfolk County Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Outsourcing - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners 
- 24 other qualified lawyers 
- Office locations ranked: Birmingham

What the team is known for Demonstrates strength in telecoms and IT, and offers broad commercial infrastructure and transactional support for organisations in the public and private sectors. Handles outsourcing matters across a broad range of industries, including utilities, aviation, healthcare and retail.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We work with them for their very 'can-do' approach. Their advice is authoritative, but also very clear and straightforward."

"They provide an excellent service, are very responsive and have good, strategic vision."

Work highlights Advising Morrisons on significant hardware support and maintenance and IT outsourcings to Fujitsu Services.

Notable practitioners  

Sally Mewies is a key contact at the firm.

Significant clients MBNL, Vodafone, Airwave, London Borough of Croydon, Marks & Spencer.

Pensions Litigation - UK-wide

What the team is known for Notable experience in an impressive range of claims, including Parts 7 and 8, representative beneficiary and professional negligence work. Broad client roster and significant cross-border expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're high-calibre, they're good with clients and they're team players."

What's new? Wragge & Co merged with Lawrence Graham on 1 May 2014.

Work highlights Advised Gleeds on the validity of changes made to its pension scheme since December 1980.

Acted on a £4 million professional negligence claim for an employer and the trustees of its pension scheme against its former actuarial and legal advisers.

Notable practitioners

Based in Birmingham, Peter Shave heads the department and handles an impressive array of disputes, including professional negligence claims and high-profile statutory issues. His practice incorporates significant cross-border expertise, and sources comment: "He's calm, thorough and commercial."

Director Ian Gordon is well recognised for his breadth of experience in the field, with significant expertise in professional negligence work. Sources describe him as "a good operator in pensions litigation."

Associate Nicky Yarwood is acclaimed for her expertise in complex professional negligence claims and has significant experience in issues of liability. Sources comment: "She knows her stuff and she has a lot of experience behind her." 

Significant clients ICL Group Pension Plan, Stanley Gibbons, Thales UK Pension Plan, Hitachi Data Systems, G4S Pension Scheme.

Projects - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Notable experience representing public sector clients and sponsors in the UK and internationally. Active in areas such as waste, defence, transport and social infrastructure.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They've consistently presented an innovative approach and an intuitive understanding of the issues."

"They're very good - they're the experts we turn to for advice."

What's new? New client wins include Morgan Sindall.

Work highlights Represented Lovell Partnerships as FM provider on the North Tyneside social housing project.

Acted for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust on project for a new radiotherapy centre at Worcester Royal Hospital.

Notable practitioners  

Birmingham-based Stephen Kenny is well versed in acting for sponsors and the public sector on work in a range of fields including defence and waste. One client says: "He's very helpful and receptive - he offers advice and provides exactly what I ask for."

Significant clients MOD, Amey, London Borough of Croydon, Waste Recycling Group, Shropshire Council.

Private Client - UK-wide

What the team is known for Maintains a good reputation for handling contentious trusts and estates work. A strong team of practitioners with significant experience of both onshore and offshore matters.

What's new? Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham merged in May 2014 to create Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.

Work highlights Acted for Port of Hercules Trustees and First Peninsula Trustees on an investment by Kingate funds into the Madoff Ponzi scheme.

Notable practitioners  

Sources report that Catharine Bell "has a very good understanding of foreign legal systems and is able to grasp the key points." Her practice spans both contentious and non-contentious matters, and she often advises clients on preventing litigation.

Emma Jordan is well known for her offshore trusts expertise, having practised for five years as a Jersey advocate. She has a good reputation in the market, with one observer indicating that "she is a very good lawyer and wonderful to work with: she does things in a very personable way."

Significant clients Capita Fiduciary Group, TMF Group, New World Trust Company.

Public Procurement - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Birmingham 

What the team is known for Represents local authorities and NHS trusts on large-scale tendering processes. Particularly strong on real estate development and infrastructure work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They display a commercial awareness and approach when providing advice."

What's new? On 1 May 2014, Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham merged to become Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.

Work highlights Acted for Coventry City Council on the 37-acre Friargate commercial development, including procurement and EU law advice.

Advised the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust on its dual-track procurement programme for a commercial partner.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Brennan is a key contact.

Significant clients London Borough of Croydon, Gloucestershire County Council, NHS Midlands & East, West Sussex County Council.

Retail - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers 
- Recommended office location: Birmingham

What the team is known for Representing a number of household-name brands across the full spectrum of retail work. The team is notably strong in IP and multi-channel work, alongside its corporate practice.

Work highlights Advised Argos on a pilot tie-in agreement with eBay, which allowed Argos stores to be used for the collection of items bought on eBay. This involved agreements with eBay and UPS.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Hunt is the key contact for the department.

Significant clients Marks & Spencer, Home Retail Group, Poundland, Fat Face, Mothercare.

Telecommunications - UK-wide

What the team is known for Multidisciplinary team providing a comprehensive offering to telecoms clientele. Particular strength in procurement and IP.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are really making waves in this area." 

Notable practitioners 

Sally Mewies is a key contact for telecoms clients.

Significant clients Airwave, MBNL, Vodafone, AT&T.

Corporate/M&A - West Midlands

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Birmingham

What the team is known for An institution in the Birmingham market and widely regarded as a formidable force in M&A both regionally and nationally. Active in the energy, real estate and housing, and technology sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The legal advice you get is absolutely top-draw." 

"They are a very talented, high-quality group of corporate lawyers."

Work highlights Advised Rigby Group on its acquisitions of RCAM and Exeter International Airport from Balfour Beatty.

Acted for J.P. Morgan Asset Management on the £82 million sale of J.P. Morgan European Property Holding Luxembourg to Pavilion Property Trustees and Pavilion Trustees.

Notable practitioners  

Jeremy Millington advised software developer Delcam on its £172.5 million recommended takeover by Autodesk Development.

David Vaughan is described by market sources as having "a great eye for detail," and is "a great technical lawyer." He advised Primrose Solar on solar farm acquisitions in South Wales and the South Coast.

Significant clients LDC, Sanctuary Housing Association, Accell Group, Partnership for Renewables, Mercedes-Benz.

Real Estate - West Midlands

Basic facts about the department
- 18 partners
- 104 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Birmingham

What the team is known for Exceptional team with impressive expertise in a wide variety of commercial property matters. Active across a range of industries, including development, infrastructure and regeneration, as well as the health, energy and technology sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They've set the benchmark in the Midlands for the quality of their advice and client base."

"A quality outfit that works really hard."  

Work highlights Acted for Hines Moorfield on its large-scale leasing of 5 Brindleyplace to Deutsche Bank.

Advised Morrisons on its acquisition of 49 Blockbuster stores as part of the M Local expansion.

Notable practitioners

The highly respected Richard Bate is recognised for his in-depth sector knowledge and capacity for understanding "what house builders' first and foremost requirements are, and achieving them without making things overly complex."

Mark Chester concentrates on regeneration and development schemes, with notable experience in public sector work. He has additional expertise in the education arena, and recently advised Birmingham City University on the forced relocation of its proposed City Centre Campus due to the HS2 project.

Sources esteem the "fantastic" Mike Trainer for his skill at "getting to the nub of issues." He has recently represented IM Properties in acquisitions including the Mell Square shopping centre and The Hub industrial park.

Significant clients St. Modwen, Goodman, Roxhill, Sanctuary Housing Association, Vodafone.

Social Housing - West Midlands

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- Office locations ranked: Birmingham

What the team is known for Experienced social housing practice with a full-service offering, including advising on secured bonds, development projects and contentious housing management issues. Clients include housing associations and residential developers.

What's new? New client wins include Jephson Housing and Metropolitan Housing Trust.

Work highlights Assisted Sanctuary Housing with its acquisition of Cosmopolitan Housing Group, including 13,500 homes.

Acted for Dolphin Square Foundation on the £11 million purchase of 67 affordable rented units.

Notable practitioners  

Jacqueline Knox is considered an expert in real estate transactions and development work. She took the lead advising Sanctuary Housing on its £750 million national development programme.

Significant clients Circle Group, Home Group, London & Quadrant, Midland Heart, Bournville Village Trust.