Debora Targino

Debora is a qualified lawyer, specialist in Brazilian Public Law, with a master’s degree in Negotiation and Mediation.

She is eager to learn, connect with people, and to use knowledge to enhance lives.

Debora has been an assistant to the Prosecution Office in Brazil for minor offences in the legal sector. She also taught conflict resolution skills to children and adolescents living in violent, low-income areas for believing the need to nurture those competencies from an early age.

Outside the legal sector, she has worked alongside the Government, corporations, and NGOs to bring into life initiatives promoting rights such as education, health, quality of life, and employment.

In her role, she writes, researches, and provides the content and information needed to support the team and the firm to flourish.

Debora speaks three languages (Portuguese, Spanish, and English) and sees relationships as the best learning sources.

Career Highlights

  • Debora collaborated to build a partnership between the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a community-based organisation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This collaboration contributed to improving the community’s engagement and environmental education.
  • She worked in one of the most significant social inclusion programmes for the Brazilian favelas’ pacification in Rio de Janeiro (UPP), co-delivered in partnership with the UN-Habitat. This programme was a stepping stone to Rio de Janeiro become a host to the Olympic Games in 2016.
  • She was part of the first conflict resolution education initiative developed in public schools in Brazil.
  • In London, she collaborated to deliver an accelerator programme with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to support health and education startups.
  • Affiliated organisations: Children’s Rights Alliance for England and International Amnesty UK

Earle Brady

Earle is a specialist construction and engineering lawyer with over 17 years’ experience.

He advises clients across many sectors including technology, telecoms, energy, real estate, sports and leisure, rail and education on commercial matters, contract procurement, on engineering and construction works, as well as carrying out due diligence on corporate and property transactions and working as part of larger teams on multi-disciplinary projects.

He provides a full service in relation to the delivery of a project from procurement advice, the appointment of consultants and advising on risk allocation, to drafting and negotiating the documents for the delivery of the project.

Earle also provides training to in-house clients on contract procurement, risk management and dispute management.

His clients include energy contractors, English football clubs, international logistics companies, large outsourcing companies, manufacturers, developers, sub-contractors, hotel operators, banks in their capacity both as lenders and for their own estates, and regional transport executives.

Career Highlights

  • Advising Fulham Football Club since 2011 on their stadium expansion plans, the key element of which is on site currently.
  • Advising Liverpool Football Club over a period of 10 years on multiple iterations of their plans for new stadia and expansion of their existing stadium culmination in the delivery of their new Main Stand project.
  • Providing in house legal support to a large building products manufacturer and its energy contracting arm including managing the external legal panel, reporting to the directors on significant projects, developing reporting structures, drafting and negotiating EPC Solar, Biomass and Wind Turbine contracts, Power Purchase Agreements, Corporate SPAs, O&M Contracts, Product Guarantees, Licence Agreements and advise on dispute management across UK, Europe, USA, Middle East and Australasia.
  • Advising on the construction of data centre facilities in the UK, France and the Netherlands.

Ed Cooke

Ed is an international lawyer, a commercial advisor  and a skilled negotiator. His career started as a construction lawyer, and he has vast experience of helping clients to finance, procure, and deliver real estate developments and infrastructure for transport, energy and telecoms.

He is a recognised expert in critical Technology Infrastructure (data centres, fibre, “Smart Cities” and the like) and in this sector he also advises on an array of commercial arrangements including funding arrangements, customer contracts, SLAs, technology contracts and other contractual provisions.

He  has previously been a partner in international law firms DLA Piper and Bird & Bird, enabling client teams to deliver some of the biggest and most challenging projects.

Ed has worked on construction projects involving different types of assets: ranging from luxury hotels, high-end retail stores  and residential developments through to energy and transport projects, and healthcare provision. Ed has also worked on a significant number of technical engineering projects, including road, rail upgrade projects, wind turbines, solar power projects  and data centres.

Career Highlights

  • Mission critical design and construction agreements (mission critical projects, where the financial, human, reputational, or other consequences of a facility failure or a delay in completion would be significant. Ed believes that you cannot work out the risks a contract needs to manage without understanding the underlying technology and construction methods).
  • Acting for the Olympic Delivery Authority on their £9.4bn programme including: procurement of master plan design for Olympic Park, procurement of design and construction of Zaha Hadid designed Aquatics Centre, procurement of other sports venues such as basketball arena, hockey, BMX, water polo; and procurement of International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre (IBC/ MPC).
  • Acting for Agility Trains in respect of their contracts for the £12bn Intercity Express Programme for the upgrade of rolling stock and infrastructure on the East Coast Mainline and Great Western Railways.
  • Data centre co-location agreements (negotiating co-location and related agreements with customers). Agreements typically include service level requirements for power, cooling, humidity, connectivity, security, and other requirements.

Emma Cordiner

Emma is a commercial real estate lawyer, assisting clients in the acquisition, finance, management and sale of core and specialist real estate assets, both in the UK and overseas.

Added to this she has specialist experience of the data centre, real estate finance and renewable energy sectors.

Emma’s spent her earlier career at international law firm Eversheds and then US firm Mayer Brown before holding senior lawyer roles at both Bird & Bird and Locke Lord.

Career Highlights

  • Over a decade’s worth of experience acting for data centre industry clients, advising during both the negotiation and legal transaction phases of securing space in data centres to create global networks spanning multiple jurisdictions – Emma has worked with clients and lawyers in 30 plus jurisdictions around the world.
  • Broad real estate finance experience, acting for both lenders and borrowers on a range of financing transactions from new lending, to refinancing and restructuring, including for distressed debt. Emma spent 9 months seconded to The Royal Bank of Scotland during the GFC.
  • Acting for landlords and tenants across the retail, industrial and office sectors, most notably advising on the letting and management of various high-profile central London estates and high value properties.
  • Lead real estate lawyer on numerous corporate-real estate transactions advising corporate colleagues and their clients on all aspects of corporate transactions involving property assets.
  • Specialist experience in transactions involving renewable energy assets (solar farm and wind turbine sites) including sales and acquisitions, funding and leasing.

Fiona Doonican

Fiona provides primary executive level support for the team.

She has extensive experience, having worked as an Executive PA and Office Manager for a variety of international businesses.

Fiona specialises in delivering simultaneous projects, adhering to deadlines, organising events and managing teams.

She uses her excellent communication and organisational skills to support the growing team.

Career Highlights

  • Co-ordinator for the international project team responsible for the design and timely rollout of the new style British Airways 777 aircraft.
  • Event co-ordinator for the Xerox Corporation International Systems Integration Conference.
  • Event Manager both for the launch event and a pro-celebrity golf match for a large Caribbean hotel chain, as well as liaison for their sponsorship of the Globe Travel Awards.

Gavin Johnson

Gavin is a construction lawyer, strategy advisor and technology enthusiast.

He advises Built Environment Technology start-ups on business growth, regulatory, finance and investment, and technology issues. He is a member of the Policy Advisory Committee for the Construction Blockchain Consortium at University College London, advising on policy development for blockchain technologies.

Gavin regularly speaks at national and international built environment technology conferences and is an advocate for technological development and the implementation of efficient systems.

As a solicitor with extensive experience in construction law, he advises clients across several sectors of the built environment, including healthcare, education, real estate, energy, utilities and infrastructure. Gavin also specialises in contentious matters, in-project dispute avoidance and resolution, as well as project completion and legacy.

He has worked in senior positions in several leading law firms, as a consultant to LPOs and technology start-ups. He trained at the global engineering firm Arup.

Before coming to the law, Gavin studied engineering and combustion science and completed a PhD in Applied Chemistry and Instrumentation.

Career Highlights

  • Sole counsel supporting of a private medical company client to successfully deliver a new multi-million-pound private hospital under adverse circumstances and the collapse of the main contractor mid-project.
  • Advising several Built Environment Technology start-ups with significant growth potential on opportunities, business structures, execution strategies and early stage/seed funding.
  • Design, development and implementation of several technology platform solutions for law, private equity, and investment firms leading to significant operational time and costs savings, data quality and reporting improvements, and new business opportunity identification.

Husna Patel

Husna is a specialist construction and engineering lawyer with a strong legal background in transactional and advisory work.

Husna has worked on many multi-million pound development and engineering projects in the UK and internationally, including: government buildings, educational institutions, healthcare centres, mixed use developments, sports and leisure facilities, residential property development, technology projects such as data centres, on and off-shore wind farms, bio mass and bio fuel plants, and land remediation projects.

She has worked in-house at a global electrical powerhouse; one of the worlds’ largest suppliers of electrical systems for power generation and transmission across almost every sector. This insight places her in a strong position to provide informed commercial advice and negotiations from different perspectives.

Husna has extensive expertise working with many engineering, international and bespoke contracts, including JCT, NEC and FIDIC. She regularly works alongside property and banking/financial legal teams as well as the client’s professional teams to successfully deliver large and complex projects.

Husna also provides dispute avoidance and resolution advice on construction and engineering related matters and has experience in all forms of dispute resolution procedures, including litigation, arbitration, adjudication and mediation.

She also advises on public contract regulations and has defended disputes against local authorities for breaches of the EU Public Procurement Regulations.

Career Highlights:

  • Advising, drafting and negotiating various contracts and agreements in respect of the design and development of data centres across many jurisdictions including the Netherlands, India, Japan, UK etc.
  • Advising the Energy Management Division of a global electrical powerhouse on many projects including a multimillion-pound bespoke contract for the supply, installation and erection of a high voltage onshore UK convertor station and offshore transformer modules;
  • Acted for Ask Property Developments Limited on various multimillion-pound development projects including the remediation, public realm and subsequent commercial development of a site in Central Manchester with a development value of £100m.
  • Acted on behalf of a Local Authority in respect of the development of a £30m Multi Sports Arena. Providing advice from inception to completion.
  • Acted for a PFI Joint Venture developer advising on all the construction and procurement stages of each phase of the development at Townside Fields Bury which consisted inter alia of Bury Primary Care Centre Trust, offices for council staff and 3 storey car park consisting of 400 car park spaces.
  • Successfully brought a multimillion-pound action against a Local Authority for breaches in procurement processes relating to failures to comply with EU Public Procurement Regulations.

Ian Timlin

Ian is a specialist dispute resolution and commercial litigation lawyer.

He  brings with him nearly 30 years’ experience  (20 years as a partner in City law firms) including acting for long standing technology clients in the following sectors: data centres, document management, telephony, car parking and young driver insurance.

​Ian was formerly a partner at Speechly Bircham. Between 2011 and 2014, he was the Group Legal Director for a property development and leisure group comprising circa 40 companies and was based in Guernsey.

Thorough, practical and commercial, having led an in-house legal function, Ian understands the challenges faced by clients and the legal advice required by them so that they can focus on their businesses.

He has been a CEDR Accredited Mediator since 2000.

Ian is also an accomplished sports lawyer, with particular and significant experience in the world of motorsport, advising in respect of disputes and putting in place a myriad of commercial contracts in that sector.

Career highlights:

  • Recovery of £21M from FTSE 100 construction company and extinguishment of their £10.5M counterclaim in respect of a mixed retail and residential development.
  • Defending a Plc oil and gas company on a €20M joint venture claim against it in arbitration and Court proceedings.
  • Acting in numerous shareholder disputes.
  • Advising numerous drivers, driver management companies and circuits on commercial agreements.
  • Representing a F1 driver at a FIA Contracts Recognition Board Hearing.
  • Advising a food company on a licensing agreement with David Beckham.

Marilyn Heward-Mills

Marilyn is a commercially-minded employment lawyer and trusted business advisor.

She helps her clients to comply with employment law and practice within the wider context of achieving their commercial goals.

She is a dual-qualified English and US lawyer with over 25 years’ experience helping clients navigate differing employment law frameworks and demands.

Marilyn has previously been counsel at Hale and Dorr (now WilmerHale) where she also worked on numerous cross-border corporate transactions and public offerings.

Career Highlights

  • Over 2 decades of employment law experience, working with the full spectrum of organisations, from start-ups to publicly listed companies.
  • A unique blend of employment law practice with corporate and business law experience.
  • Assisted numerous companies in setting up English law compliant employment and consultancy contracts and workplace policies.
  • Guided countless companies through times of growth and expansion, preparing employment documents and advising on employment law compliance, as well as advising in times of downturn on issues including work force reorganisations, restructuring, and reductions.
  • Provided corporate transactional support on various UK and International transactions, including advising on TUPE.
  • Worked on numerous UK and US listings, including the initial public offering on the Nasdaq of one of Europe’s largest internet companies, with gross proceeds of $1.4 billion.
  • Marilyn is also practicing psychotherapeutic counsellor and a published author.  Her first novel Cloth Girl was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel award in 2006.

Philip Brown

Phil has over 15 years experience as a lawyer working in the technology sector.  His clients include data centres, telecommunications providers, software developers and platform providers and their customers.

Phil has put cloud and software platforms into some of the biggest global brands, and advised on telecommunications systems arrangements within the nuclear sector and consumer-facing technology providers.

As well as advising clients in a traditional sense, Phil is also heavily involved in training, and regularly trains lawyers, businesses and students on both the law and technology.

Phil has previously worked in large national and regional law firms, as well as in-house within a global technology company.

Career Highlights

  • Software platform delivery into financial services institutions, global accountancy and consulting practices and law firms.
  • Telecommunications delivery into nuclear power stations.
  • Acting for a software platform provider on roll-out of their proprietary platform to three of the five biggest manufacturers globally within their target sector.