05 November 2012 #Clarkslegal
Chambers and Partners have announced their latest rankings, with outstanding feedback again for Clarkslegal:
This strong construction team "has a very good reputation and a very practical approach to the advice to their clients which is always going to stand them in good stead," sources say. Clients also applaud it as "very flexible and practical with budgets." It acts on contentious and non-contentious matters for a range of top purchaser and supplier clients, who include the University of Reading, Wascroft Contractors, Static Systems and Nussli Switzerland.
David Rintoul is widely praised for the depth of his experience in construction law. He is "knowledgeable," "methodical," "very responsive and always willing to give support at short notice," sources say. According to clients, "he is a good communicator, understands the situation and will try and resolve the dispute in the best way for us rather than him."
Corporate / M&A
Interviewees comment that this team is "timely" and "their service to me is second to none." It has particular experience in the environmental and cleantech sectors and continues to advise clients working in these areas. Recent highlights include advising eVenture Capital Partners on its investment in mydeco.com. Other clients include Carillion, CfBT Education Trust and Trada Technology.
This "enormously capable" team is incredibly well regarded within the region for its ability to "deal with cases at the level of a City firm." Clients praise the team for being "very well run and forward-thinking" and peers say: "They really punch right above their weight." Their impressive client roster includes BMW, Global Crossing and the University of Reading. Client sources say: "They understand what a commercial client wants. I`ve never had a bad experience working with Clarkslegal."
The "considered and highly analytical" Antony Morris heads up the firm`s dispute resolution department. Clients hail him as "highly experienced, with a great strategic sense and a mastery of all the procedural aspects. He is willing to get involved in highly technical issues." He has led on high-profile cases, including on a major joint venture, trust and property dispute.
Christopher Tayton "is extremely technically proficient and knows what is required." Clients appreciate his "conscientious and measured" approach to disputes. Tayton continues to develop the emphasis on international work across his practice. Recent highlights for him include being lead partner on a number of high-value disputes in 2011, including for clients such as Cronos Containers.
Associate to watch Stephen James is "an absolute grafter," someone "utterly reliable" who "goes above and beyond." Clients praise him as a strategic lawyer with an "intuitive, innovative and resourceful" mind. He maintains a growing practice in insolvency and technology.
This "very knowledgeable" team is praised for "always being there when you need them," and clients appreciate that it is able to draw on expertise from other departments within the firm. The team advises clients on matters relating to corporate, IP, large-scale contracts and employment law. A key client is the University of Reading, for which it has acted on the outsourcing of the redevelopment of a significant part of the university`s student accommodation.
This sizeable practice is held in high repute by competitors and clients, its substantial capabilities bolstered by the support of the firm`s dedicated HR consultancy. Major highlights include advising on employment issues arising from reorganisations and business restructurings. This year the practice acted for the University of Reading on TUPE issues arising from the sale of its residential estate. Members of the team also continue to contribute to developments in employment law and client training programmes. Clients include News International, Gate Gourmet and De La Rue.
This team is recommended for its work on large-scale restructuring projects and corporate transactions. It recently handled the employment aspects of Carillion`s £300 million acquisition of Eaga. Other notable clients include News International and Gate Gourmet.
Working in conjunction with the firm`s Thames Valley employment team, Clarkslegal`s Cardiff-based team represents a broad spectrum of employers throughout the UK. The team is valued for its "subject area knowledge and pragmatic approach." Clients include Scottish & Southern Energy, Gate Gourmet and Carillion.
Helen Beech continues to bring her "great technical skills" to bear on a number of complex employment matters, including reorganisations and senior executive terminations.
Michael Sippitt is another vastly experienced practitioner who enjoys a "big reputation" in the field. He recently provided TUPE advice to the University of Reading.
Dafydd Downes heads the employment team and demonstrates "sensible handling of cases and gives clear advice." He has a broad employment practice which includes representing media companies, universities and energy companies.
With its cross-departmental capabilities, this firm is able to advise on a range of environmental matters. Most notably it assists local authorities in relation to waste management matters. It also has expertise in the area of carbon trading and environmentally affected public sector projects. Notable clients include Newport City Council and Isle of Anglesey County Council. Clients laud the team for its response times and business acumen.
Rhiannon Holtham recently assisted on a complex green waste-to-energy project for The South West Wales Waste Consortium. She also acted as lead lawyer on a waste procurement project for Isle of Anglesey County Council.
This firm handles IT services firms, telecoms companies, and online and media businesses on a range of IT matters, and software development and licensing agreements, outsourcing and a range of contentious matters. It recently advised the University of Reading on IT matters concerning its £200 million student accommodation project. Other key clients include Level 3 Communications, Mahindra Satyam and Circle Health.
Department head John Warchus is noted for his advice on outsourcing and procurement, wherein he has recently advised construction company Carillion on multiple IT contracts. Clients say: "He is extremely good at what he does" and "knows the law well, giving good value for money."
Clarkslegal`s property team is viewed as "always responsive" and keen to invest time in getting to grips with its clients` businesses, sources say. Such feedback indicates one reason as to how it has attracted and retained an impressive client roster that features such names as Carillion and Air France. It has been advising on a number of high-value developments and also includes within its ranks the expertise to handle leases, property portfolio management, transactions and landlord and tenant concerns. Highlights include acting for the University of Reading on the £125 million redevelopment of student accommodation units.
Rachel Krol leads the work of the team, providing advice on a broad range of concerns. Her background of working in the City prior to joining Clarkslegal holds her in good stead with top clients such as Carillion.
The "reliable" Richard Higgs is commended for making himself readily available to engage with clients at short notice. He acted for the University of Reading in the student accommodation redevelopment deal.