TLT has appointed Andrew Jennings as a corporate partner in its Belfast office, completing the firm's full service offering in NI and demonstrating its ambitions in the NI legal market.
TLT celebrated its fifth anniversary and five years of sustained growth in Belfast in 2017. With this appointment, TLT offers NI clients a full service corporate commercial offering out of its Belfast office backed by a national team of leading experts.
Jennings is recognised by his peers as a talented and ambitious lawyer. He has a wide range of corporate experience including leading sales, acquisitions, reorganisation and restructuring projects and joins TLT from Arthur Cox.
The corporate expansion follows TLT's successful corporate launch in Manchester in 2013 with a series of lateral hires of senior market-facing corporate lawyers. TLT's corporate team in Manchester has grown in just four years to a fifty-strong full service offering in the North West.
Katharine Kimber, head of TLT NI in Belfast, comments: "TLT has a strong track record of expanding into new markets and attracting some of the best talent around, and the NI market is no exception to this. We have delivered a very strong performance since our launch in 2012, and we see a huge amount of potential to continue to support our clients and expand our offering further."
John Wood, national head of corporate at TLT, comments: "The appointment of our first corporate partner on the ground in NI is just the start of our ambitions for the Belfast market. We plan to replicate our fast growth in other regions, where TLT's quality and drive has allowed us to attract the best talent and gain significant market share.
"Our ability to attract the best talent in the UK means that our national team can provide the excellent service delivery and scale that clients are looking for. Andrew is a talented and dynamic young lawyer and we are delighted that he has joined TLT."
Jennings adds: "I am excited to be joining TLT at this next stage of its growth in Belfast. TLT is a dynamic, innovative firm with an impressive client list and quality people. I look forward to being a part of the realisation of its ambitions in Northern Ireland."
TLT's recent deal history includes Boohoo.com's acquisition of Pretty Little Thing and a £50m fundraising round; Conviviality's acquisition of Bargain Booze-owner Central Convenience and a new partnership with pub operator and brewer Wadworth; and franchised dealer group Inchcape's disposal of its Leeds Jaguar dealership to Vertu Motors.
In December 2017, TLT announced the launch of TLT LegalSifter
– a "combined intelligence" solution for contract negotiation combining powerful artificial intelligence software with in-built legal advice and ad hoc support from TLT's leading commercial lawyers. The world-first solution is designed to be used by in-house legal, procurement and operations teams across the UK, to help increase the speed and efficiency of contract reviews and minimise the risks.