Winckworth Sherwood

Winckworth Sherwood provides a wide range of legal services to a diverse range of businesses, not for profit organisations and private individuals.

The firm has evolved over two centuries through our relationships with key clients and the particular skills and interests of our lawyers.

As a result, we have organised ourselves into teams that service core areas.

Our vision is to lead in the sectors that we serve. We are far from static; we recognise changes in the market and react to the needs of our clients by adding appropriate legal services to our offering.

Client care is at the heart of what we do. There is a universal desire and drive to provide practice excellence across the firm.

We are based in London Bridge, on the river and just next to the buzz of Borough Market and the South Bank.

We hope that this website gives you a good understanding of our firm. We welcome feedback in our continued effort to improve and respond to client requirements.

 

 

 

                    

Winckworth Sherwood London, United Kingdom
Nov 20, 2017
Full time
PQE: 3 years + Term: Permanent Working hours: Full-time Team: Education Location: London The firm Winckworth Sherwood is an exciting, diverse and growing business. Joining our team will see you work with some of the UK’s most interesting clients. In the last year alone we have: Worked on corporate transactions valued at over £3 billion Advised our developer and social housing clients on over £1.6 billion of residential sales and over £1 billion of refinancings Advised on HS2 which will see the development of over 330 miles of railway network with an expected £59 billion benefit to the wider economy As if that wasn’t enough, we are also involved in the transformation of Battersea Power Station and act for the majority of London’s major Housing Associations who together own assets of over £17.3 billion. However it’s not all about big numbers and high-profile projects; the real success of our business comes from the ability of our teams to provide fantastic service and create long-lasting relationships.   The role Reporting to Theresa Kerr, our Head of School Support Service, the role involves working in our School Support Service team to provide both front-line telephone and email support direct to clients in response to a range of legal enquiries from schools and to undertake substantive transactions where initial instructions have developed into bespoke matters. General tasks and responsibilities will include the following: Provide timely legal advice to legal enquiries received through the helpline or by email and record all enquiries received; Identify where an enquiry requires specialist input either from other members of the team or specialist lawyers within the rest of the firm; Assist with the development of toolkits, template advice and model policies and contracts for School Support Service clients; Assist with developing internal FAQs and precedents, to ensure consistency and quality of advice, as well as efficient working practices; Prepare client briefing notes on legal developments  / areas of interest for our clients and assist in the delivery of both on-site training to clients and centrally held seminars and conferences; Contribute articles to our termly Heads Up! newsletter; Contribute to the development of the practice by identifying new opportunities for work and responding to new enquiries about taking up the School Support Service or any other instructions from prospective clients and assisting with tenders and pitches for new work; Regularly update our School Support Service portal with new content. Specific areas of expertise and advice include: Advising on education law including the statutory framework relating to maintained schools and academies and general governance issues; Advising on company law and corporate governance, particularly the statutory functions of a company secretary and the duties of trustees of a charitable company; Advising on charity law and application to schools and colleges including public benefit especially for fee-charging charities; HR and employment law, including familiarity with TUPE, the Standard Teachers Pay & Conditions Document and schools occupational pension schemes; Advising on admissions to maintained schools and academies including clerking admission appeals, advising on referrals to the adjudicator and defending judicial review claims by disappointed applicants; Advising on exclusions from schools including clerking exclusion appeals and defending judicial review actions brought on behalf of excluded pupils; Advising on Special Educational Needs issues including defending Special Educational needs and Disability Tribunal claims relating to disability discrimination; Dealing with parental complaints and advising on possible action against aggressive parents; Advising on construction of trust deeds, transfers of trusteeship and other trust matters, including general property advice and occasional lettings by schools; Advising schools on the acquisition and disposal of freehold and leasehold land, understanding the differences between land held for maintained schools and typical property arrangements for academies; Advising on school relocations and closures, including referrals to the Adjudicator and challenges to the Adjudicator's decisions; Advising on the acquisition of trust status and other changes of statutory category, and prescribed alterations to schools; Experience of academy conversion and re-brokerage including drafting Articles of Association, advising on funding agreements with the Secretary of State, sponsorship arrangements, charitable status, acquisition of freehold and/or leasehold land and trust issues; Advising on school building programmes such as BSF and Priority School Building Programme; Experience of procurement and advising on typical commercial contracts entered into by schools such as catering and cleaning contracts, IT and data management; Advising on data protection including the DPA and on dealing with Freedom of Information Act requests, as well as knowledge of the GDPR The team Supporting schools and colleges is a core business of Winckworth Sherwood. In addition, we act for a number of education charities and foundation bodies such as Diocesan Boards of Education and Catholic Dioceses. A large part of our practice is acting for academy trusts and this work is growing as more schools become academies and operate independently of local authorities. Education is a heavily regulated sector and our lawyers typically advise on statutory provisions, the application of statutory guidance, matters of public law including judicial review, data protection and complaints handling as well as the whole array of private law including contract, employment, property, company and litigation.   The Education team are experienced advising schools and colleges on the whole range of legal issues affecting schools and therefore a broad knowledge of the law is helpful, but there is back up from the more specialist lawyers in the rest of the firm who focus on specific legal disciplines. Of equal importance is a focus on delivering a great client experience. That means listening to our clients, making sure we do things the way they like, and only recruiting people who share this vision. The Education team are highly rated by both Chambers and Legal 500 but more importantly by our clients from whom we receive instructions year on year and who often refer us to other schools and education organisations. Candidate specification The successful candidate will have a strong academic background and be commercial and intelligent in their approach and have the ability to cope with an intellectually stimulating and varied workload. Previous experience in the educator sector is desirable but not essential. Excellent written and oral communication skills are important as is being able to build client relationships and provide a friendly and approachable service to our clients. We are looking for a key member of the team who is enthusiastic, self-motivated, willing to work hard and who can also work well as part of a team. The department has an expanding, client base with significant opportunities for further development.  We are committed to developing our lawyers through exposure to interesting and varied work combined with supportive training.  
Winckworth Sherwood London, United Kingdom
Nov 06, 2017
Full time
Associate/Senior Associate   PQE: 6 years + Term: Permanent Working hours: Full-time Reports to: Eleanor Kilminster Team: Construction Location: London The firm Winckworth Sherwood is an exciting, diverse and growing business. Joining our team will see you work with some of the UK’s most interesting clients. In the last year alone we have: Worked on corporate transactions valued at over £3 billion Advised our developer and social housing clients on over £1.6 billion of residential sales and over £1 billion of refinancings Advised on HS2 which will see the development of over 330 miles of railway network with an expected £59 billion benefit to the wider economy As if that wasn’t enough, we are also involved in the transformation of Battersea Power Station and act for the majority of London’s major Housing Associations who together own assets of over £17.3 billion. However it’s not all about big numbers and high-profile projects; the real success of our business comes from the ability of our teams to provide fantastic service and create long-lasting relationships.   The team The department currently has 2 Partners, 2 Senior Associates, 2 Associates, 1 Trainee and 2 Legal Secretaries. This structure, as well as our in-depth understanding of the development market, enables us to provide a flexible approach to our clients’ requirements. Partners maintain close involvement with the team but all legal staff deal with clients directly, enabling them to continue to develop their skills and experience. Client base and type of work We specialise in both contentious and non-contentious construction. Our clients include residential and commercial developers and National House builders, investment funds, entrepreneurs and Housing Associations undertaking large high profile developments, urban regeneration projects. The team works closely with other departments of the firm and forms part of the significant real-estate offering to clients. In addition to development projects, we also work on large infrastructure projects and have a particular specialism in renewable energy. Our contentious practice covers the full variety of dispute resolution procedures including litigation, arbitration, adjudication and expert determination, on issues ranging from delay and final account claims to defects and professional negligence claims. Aims of the department To be the best in its field of expertise and provide good value for money. Candidate specification The successful candidate will have a strong academic background, be commercial and intelligent in their approach with sound drafting and presentation skills, a team player and ability to make the complex understandable. Previous experience in construction and in particular, construction in property development generally, with a respected firm is essential as is the ability to cope with an intellectually stimulating and varied workload. We are looking for a key member of the team who is enthusiastic and self-motivated. Although a number of the team carry out a range of contentious and non-contentious work, we are willing to consider candidates that specialise in either contentious or non-contentious construction law provided that they otherwise meet the specification. Examples of the specific areas of expertise/ability we require are detailed below: Non-Contentious Experienced in negotiating and drafting bespoke construction documentation, including performance bonds, parent company guarantees, collateral warranties and third party rights schedules. Experienced in negotiating and drafting bespoke amendments to standard forms such as JCT, NEC and others. Familiar with non-traditional construction procurement including construction management, management contracting and others. Understanding of insurance in a construction context. Effective project manager. Ability to advise and report effectively. Contentious Confident dispute manager. Experienced in adjudication processes and advising on issues such as jurisdiction, the slip rule and enforcement. Experienced in conducting pre-action and TCC litigation and has a good understanding procedural steps and costs regime. Good understanding of construction law including related to delays, payment, and defects. Career opportunities: The department has an expanding, quality client base with significant opportunity for further development.  Winckworth Sherwood is committed to developing its lawyers through exposure to interesting and varied work combined with ongoing and supportive training programmes.   Recent work highlights Non-contentious construction Advising Redrow Homes in relation to the design and construction of 2,900 homes in Colindale, North London over a 10-year period.  We were delighted to be appointed on this huge scheme by Redrow.  We have advised on the procurement structure, appointments of key designers and ensuring compliance with wider project agreements.  We have also advised on performance issues with designers, including negotiating fee reductions and additional fees where appropriate. Advising a developer on 4 projects for the conversion of office accommodation into residential accommodation to be used for private rental. The construction team, as part of the much larger real estate practice at WS, has an established name in the “PRS sector” and we are at the forefront of some of the major developments taking place in this sector. Advising Notting Hill Housing Trust on its role as lead developer in regenerating the Aylesbury Estate in Southwark.  We have advised on the overall development strategy, including amended terms to the development partnering agreement between Notting Hill Housing Trust and LB Southwark, to enable substantial works to commence on the first development site prior to the satisfaction of all pre-conditions.  The proposed regeneration of this notorious housing estate in Zone One has generated much public and political interest and the implementation of each phase of the project has had to be managed particularly carefully.  This is exactly the kind of high-profile, high-sensitivity construction project our team is well used to handling. Advising Barratt London on its large regeneration project with London Borough of Enfield for the development of 10,000 new homes (as well as a new school, new train station and other community facilities) on a former industrial site at Meridian Water. Contentious construction Advising Fusion Lifestyle (which operates leisure centres in city and regional centres) on litigation (following successful defence of the claim in adjudication by the WS team) relating to claims arising out of the contractor’s delay and claims by the contractor for additional payment for allegedly extra work. Advising a contractor (providing engineering and demolition services) in high court litigation for disruption costs of approximately £1.5m resulting from the main contractor’s re-sequencing of phases of the project. We ultimately settled the claim at mediation. This involved forensic examination of the multiple causes of delay. Advising a UK-based billionaire on a significant financial dispute arising out of the £12 million fit-out contract of a penthouse owned on a long-lease.  Significant delays were caused to the fit-out works due substantial discrepancies between the design development drawings prepared by the landlord’s teams and the as-built shell and core works which were handed-over by the landlord.  Our client’s design team (led by interior designer Remi Tessier) was forced to re-design large areas of the penthouse.  Our construction law team advised in the preparation and submission of a detailed claim for an extension of time and associated damages flowing from the breaches of an agreement for lease by the landlord. Advising an employer developer on its high court claim against an asbestos consultant. The claim is linked to the consultant’s failure to identify asbestos during its pre-construction survey, which resulted in significant health & safety issues and delays to the construction programme.
Winckworth Sherwood London, United Kingdom
Jul 05, 2017
Full time
Client Development Manager   Term: Permanent Working hours: Full-time Reports to: Director of Marketing and Business Development Team: Marketing Location: London The firm Winckworth Sherwood is an exciting, diverse and growing business. Joining our team will see you work with some of the UK’s most interesting clients. In the last year alone we have: Worked on corporate transactions valued at over £3 billion Advised our developer and social housing clients on over £1.6 billion of residential sales and over £1 billion of refinancings Advised on HS2 which will see the development of over 330 miles of railway network with an expected £59 billion benefit to the wider economy As if that wasn’t enough, we are also involved in the transformation of Battersea Power Station and act for the majority of London’s major Housing Associations who together own assets of over £17.3 billion. However it’s not all about big numbers and high-profile projects; the real success of our business comes from the ability of our teams to provide fantastic service and create long-lasting relationships.   The role We are looking for a Client Development Manager who can evolve our key account and client feedback programmes and demonstrate the value a structured team approach to client management can bring to both the firm and our clients. We need someone with a genuine passion for relationship management who can position themselves as both an internal and external expert. We also need someone with experience of CRM systems in a professional services environment. Things we’d like you to do: Lead and develop our key account programme Educate the firm on the benefits of key account management Ensure the principles of key account management filter down and are adopted by the rest of the business, improving the way we work with clients across the firm Support the client relationship partners to lead their respective cross practice account teams Advise Partners on strategic client relationship management Lead our client feedback programme and ensure lessons are communicated to the rest of the firm Ensure key account management, client feedback and CRM integrate with all other areas of marketing and business development Champion the use of our CRM software across the business. Things we’d love you to do: Get involved in our markets - getting to know our markets will help you add insight and value Generate enthusiasm - we need someone who can keep people engaged and enthused Be creative - we work in competitive markets and need to constantly find new ways to add value.   Candidate specification Skills/ attributes we are looking for: • Clear evidence of leading key account programmes in a professional services environment • Experience of leading client feedback programmes • Experience of CRM systems • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills • Persuasive • Financial acumen • Ability to build relationships at a senior level • Ability to prioritise work according to its importance to the firm • Ability to flex style and approach to the situation and audience • Strong attention to detail, especially when working to tight deadlines and simultaneous projects • A strong team player