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Achieved early settlement for our client, a leading utility company, on a dispute over ownership of land. Our client applied for an injunction preventing the Defendants from entering and farming the land and the Defendants made a counterclaim for adverse possession, which we were able to settle shortly before trial.
Acting for a management company for a large private estate of over 500 homes in north London. In a recent case, we were successful in having a defence and counterclaim by a resident struck out. The resident was opposing the injunction they had received for trespassing by parking a large disused ambulance on a road with parking restrictions.
Our client faced a claim that their building site did not comply with environmental laws which, if had been successful, would have had considerable commercial and reputational implications for our client and its directors. As a result of our swift advice and action, we were successful in not only having the Abatement Notice withdrawn but having the Council agree that our client had entirely complied with their duties and obligations under the Environmental Protection Act and our client’s planning permission.
Assisted a multinational electronics company with a landlord and tenant dispute over the lease renewal of the property in which their UK call centre is based. Had they lost the dispute, their entire call centre operation would have had to have been relocated within very short notice. We were able to successfully resolve the dispute just prior to proceedings and they were able to continue to occupy the premises.
Advised a Pharmaceutical company in relation to the effect of an acquisition on a sponsor license
Advised a large multi-national lighting company on employing non-sponsored migrants and provided advice on general immigration compliance
Advised a tech start up to apply for a Tier 1 (entrepreneur) VISA for the key figure in the business who was in the UK under a Tier 1 graduate entrepreneur VISA
Advising a nationally renowned utilities company in relation to their sponsorship duties and immigration compliance. Continued assistance with their immigration and on-boarding functions and HR functions and procedures to ensure the company remains compliant with all immigration and sponsorship duties.
Advised in connection with the admission to trading on AIM of shares in companies from various jurisdictions, including the US, Japan and Israel
Advised a US-based cloud company on the validity of their data protection provisions under English law
Supported Precipart, a global company, in investing into the UK with a new office in Oxfordshire, providing a comprehensive review of the company’s policies, contracts and wider documentation to achieve compliance with UK employment law as well as bespoke insurance, corporate IP and data protection advice
Advised a UK company on enforcing multi-million pound US judgments against individual directors and international companies in the UK and Europe, and tracing of assets in Europe and the US emanating from a complex and historic tax fraud
Pitmans acted for long-standing client Sipsmith as it joined forces with Beam Suntory. Pitmans has been the legal advisor of the well-known distillery since it was established in 2009 and has worked with the business throughout its expansion providing corporate, financial and property advice.
Our partnership with the Ridgeway Group exemplifies our approach and experience – a twenty-year relationship supporting its successful growth and expansion from start-up to exit (via the largest deal in the industry for a decade). Download the case study here.
We are the sole legal advisers on the ground-breaking British Steel consultation building a coordinated response to unify parties, protect jobs and employee pensions. We have produced technical advice on the implications of the Scheme’s potential entry into the PPF, drafted a response to the Government’s consultation to amend section 67 of the Pensions Act 1995, engaged with representatives of Tata in negotiations on the proposed Regulated Apportionment Arrangement and advised on the potential structure of the post-RAA replacement scheme.
We provide ongoing legal advice to the Trustee of the Kentucky Fried Chicken Scheme and recently advised on putting in place a contingent asset guarantee.
Pitmans acted on the sale and subsequent re-investment by the shareholders on the management buy out of A World of Buzz Limited, the parent company of World of Books and Ziffit.com, the UK’s principal seller of used books, DVDs, CDs and console games. This was a complicated deal involving a private equity backed acquirer, managers’ re-investing, founders reinvesting and debt funding, undertaken in seven weeks.
Pitmans is drafting new consolidated rules for the Football Association Scheme which has a closed defined benefits section and open money purchase section, and which is further sub-divided into a number of membership tranches. In addition, as the Scheme has a number of high earning members, we advised the Trustees on the practical implications of the tapered reduction of the annual allowance, following which we drafted a deed of amendment to take account of the change which included the introduction of a new membership category.
Acted for the administrators of a chain of high street card shops in selling a number of the outlets whilst trading.
We acted for a leading cellular diagnostics company, Novacyt, on its acquisition of Primer Design.
Part of the advisory team on the turnaround of Little Chef.
In order for the employer to close the Scheme to further benefit accrual, Pitmans advised the Trustees of Continental on negotiating maintenance of the final salary link and getting a commitment from the employer to fund the Scheme to enable benefits to be secured in full with an insurance company within five years.
Acted for directors in providing advice on duties and in defence of claims threatened and made under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 including but not limited to a director of companies holding Michelin Star restaurants
We advised Brandon Hill Capital in its role as broker to Vast Resources in connection with a placing to raise approximately £1m.
We are acting in a claim against the developers of land adjacent to the insured property. The risk address is at the top of an embankment and the development is at the bottom of an embankment. The developers had cut into the embankment and chopped down vegetation causing the landslip from the insured clients’ property to neighbouring land. The case involves complex expert evidence and there was the added complication that some of the work required to rectify the problem and stabilize the land needs to be undertaken to land owned by the local authority.
Advised the board, pre-insolvency, regarding a group of companies (with a prior turnover of £100m) in the provision of construction and development
We advised the sponsoring employer Singapore Airlines on the proposal to close the scheme to further benefit accrual. We assisted with the consultation and presentation material, responsed to members’ queries and drafted and negotiated deeds of amendment, together with incidental advice concerning the payment of contributions to the replacement scheme by salary sacrifice.
We worked for an award winning property services company estate agency in its recent acquisition of a long established provider of property services in the South East region, providing both residential and commercial sales and lettings. Our client was “delighted with the successful completion of the deal and the opportunity to extend its branch network to support even more customers in making the right property decisions”.
We acted on the sale of Hobbycraft to Bridgepoint Capital for £120M and the reinvestment by shareholders and management. The transaction involved vendor due diligence, auction sale process and negotiation of equity documentation.
We acted on the disposal of Artigiano Spirito to Barclays Private Equity for £30m.
We arranged a supply agreement with the organisers of the Bestival Music Festival
We created a sponsorship agreement entered into with a major private equity house relating to Cowes Week.
We acted for Totaltec Oilfield Services Limited in raising initial equity finance to start up a Guyana based oilfield services company. The private investors were from varied jurisdictional bases including Guyana, British Virgin Islands, Denmark, USA, Singapore, Norway and the UK.
The Government remains keen to demonstrate that it is actively pursuing its housing reform agenda and has recently announced a number of new measures aimed at ‘supporting homebuyers and building more homes’, which includes the introduction of a New Homes Ombudsman.