Pinsent Masons wins at the Legal Week British Legal Awards

22 Nov 2019 | 12:52 pm | 1 min. read

Multinational professional services business Pinsent Masons has won a hat-trick of awards at the Legal Week British Legal Awards in London.

Pinsent Masons was named:

  • Property Team of the Year - for its work advising on a first-in-kind private equity and public sector investment into the £1bn housing development at Winchburgh in Scotland. The firm is playing a pivotal role in helping Winchburgh Developments Limited deliver one of the largest, most complex and ambitious place making projects in the UK. The Pinsent Masons team is led by Russell Munro.
  • Competition/Regulatory Team of the Year - for its work advising leading mutual insurer Royal London on a £1bn cross-border transfer of business to newly formed Irish subsidiary. The team advised the mutual on the project which saw the Part VII transfer of Irish, German and other business from the mutual in order to safeguard policyholders in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The Pinsent Masons team was led by Hammad Akhtar.
  • TMT & Life Sciences Team of the Year - for its work with Teva on proceedings at the Court of Justice of the European Union and in the UK relating to medicines. The team was led by Clare Tunstall and Charlotte Weekes.

The firm’s role advising technology company CommScope on its $7.4bn acquisition of ARRIS was highly commended in the Large M&A category. Corporate partner Rob Hutchings, Roberta Markovina and legal director Adam Cain advised on the deal that set a new precedent for complex transatlantic deals.

Senior partner at Pinsent Masons, Richard Foley, said:

"What is striking about these award wins is that, at their heart, they show the work our lawyers do in conjunction with clients to make business work better for people. The Winchburgh project is about delivering affordable and sustainable housing; the Royal London work was about protecting policyholders; and the life sciences work was ultimately about increasing access to life-saving medicines. We see our business as a purpose-led professional services business with law at the core, and this sort of recognition is a real vindication of that strategy."

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