Gowling WLG

International law firm Gowling WLG provides the solutions clients need to thrive and prosper.

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Gowling WLG is a new international law firm created by the combination of Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG), a leading UK-based international law firm, and Gowlings, a leading Canadian law firm.

With more than 1,400 legal professionals in 18 cities across the UK, Canada, Continental Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Gowling WLG provides clients with legal advice at home and abroad in a range of areas – from complex cross-border transactions and intellectual property matters to high-stakes litigation and disputes.

The new firm also features a strong focus on key global sectors to provide clients with in-depth experience and expertise specific to their industries, including advanced manufacturing, energy, financial services, infrastructure, life sciences, natural resources, real estate and tech.

Our lawyers combine these first-class legal skills with creativity and ingenuity to help clients succeed. They understand the commercial issues, challenges and opportunities clients face and are able to provide tailored, practical advice. The firm’s Brexit unit highlights this approach in action – delivering a range of content and resources to help organisations untangle the key issues and plan for the future. Visit our ‘Brexit Untangled’ hub for more details.

The founding firms bring a legacy of collaborative, people-oriented cultures to Gowling WLG, having both been repeatedly recognised as top employers in their markets. WLG has appeared on the UK’s Best Workplaces list, produced by the Great Place to Work Institute, every year since the list began in 2001. Gowlings has been named one of the 50 Best Employers in Canada by Aon Hewitt for six straight years.

We see the world through our clients’ eyes, and collaborate across countries, offices, service areas and sectors to help them succeed, no matter how challenging the circumstances.

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Gowling WLG is an international law firm comprising the members of Gowling WLG International Limited, an English Company Limited by Guarantee, and their respective affiliates. Each member and affiliate is an autonomous and independent entity. Gowling WLG International Limited promotes, facilitates and co-ordinates the activities of its members but does not itself provide services to clients. Our structure is explained in more detail at www.gowlingwlg.com/legal

Our people

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Our sectors

  • Gowling WLG provides commercial, sector-specific advice based on an in-depth understanding of clients’ businesses.Many of our 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, that present themselves.Working across a wide range of sectors, the firm has leading expertise in:• Advanced manufacturing
    • Construction and engineering
    • Energy and natural resources
    • Food and drink
    • Healthcare
    • Life sciences
    • Private capital
    • Real estate
    • Technology, communications and media
    • Public sector

Advanced manufacturing
Our team work with some of the most successful manufacturing companies across the globe. This experience means that our legal experts understand the various issues that manufacturers face, such as the tight management of supply chains and long-term, capital-intensive development contracts, protecting and maximising the value of intellectual property and product liability, pricing and cost-down issues.

Our manufacturing sector experience encompasses everything from industrial to food and drink and clothing, and we offer particular expertise in automotive and aerospace defence.

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Construction and engineering
Gowling WLG’s team of experts enjoy strong and longstanding relationships with some of the sector’s most significant players. Representing major contractors and leading developers, as well as employers, funds and end users, our clients benefit from commercial nous, in-depth sector knowledge and cradle-to-grave expertise.

Our team boasts first-rate contentious construction expertise, along with a proven track record in non-contentious construction issues.

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Energy and natural resources
Our extensive UK and international client base includes governments and regulators, developers, financial institutions, oil and gas companies, mining companies, generators, network operators and energy suppliers and traders.

This broad mix means our team have experienced the sector from all different angles, allowing us to provide clients with proactive, commercially focused and innovative solutions.

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Food and drink
With in-depth expertise across all areas of this diverse industry, Gowling WLG is helping clients to achieve their commercial objectives against the backdrop of a challenging business environment. Our clients can rely on us to provide commercial insight and sensitivity to operational challenges, be up to speed on market developments and offer full-service expertise throughout the lifecycle of a product.

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Trusted advisers to some of the biggest players in this sector, Gowling WLG meets all the necessary demands required of a legal team in this fast-paced and innovative industry. Our clients can rely on us to provide sector insight and know-how, operate on a global scale and successfully navigate the highly regulated landscape.

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Life sciences
Our life sciences experts work with a global client base, helping them to protect and realise value from their products and devices.

These clients have sector-specific requirements and need lawyers who can help navigate the heavily regulated landscape, respond to intellectual property threats quickly and understand the challenge of recouping investment given the increasing costs to develop drugs and the difficulty of getting new products to market. That’s where we come in.

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Private capital
Our team is best known for its international work and advising on: cross-border, tax-efficient asset holding structures for high-net-worth individuals, often making use of trusts; foundations or family offices; family governance and succession planning; tax planning for individuals arriving, leaving or investing in the UK; international estate planning; contentious trusts and estates issues; risk management advice for professional trustees; immigration; international estate administration; and high-value residential conveyancing.

Gowling WLG’s experts are experienced, commercial and international, giving our clients total peace of mind about the future of their assets.

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Real estate
Gowling WLG’s real-estate team is one of the UK’s largest, formed of more than 275 commercially minded, innovative and pragmatic lawyers. We work as a team with our clients to help achieve their business and financial objectives, not only by providing great legal advice but also by making connections between our clients and contact networks.

Our team works alongside many of the sector’s most successful companies and has helped to deliver numerous high-profile projects, advising throughout their lifecycle.

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Our 115-lawyer tech team’s in-depth sector experience helps our clients make the most of the developments in this fast-moving, dynamic sector, as well as maximising their growth and protecting and monetising their assets. We help our clients achieve their goals through connections, experience and sector insight.

We are recognised as one of the leading European tech practices, having advised on more than 400 major deals in the last four years.

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Public sector
These are challenging times for the public sector. Budgets have been slashed, but there is no decrease in the demand for services or the expectation of delivery. Our legal experts understand these pressures, having either worked in or been seconded to major public sector providers. This first-hand experience means we understand clients’ needs, motivators and challenges and is one of the reasons why hundreds of public sector organisations choose us for sector-focused advice.

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