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Eric Robinson Solicitors

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This prominent South Coast practice offers specialisms for corporate clients including banking and finance, business immigration, commercial property, corporate law and dispute resolution, as well as services for individuals ranging from family law, wills and trusts, and mental capacity to employment and residential conveyancing.

The firm: Established in Southampton 50 years ago, the firm celebrated its Golden Anniversary in 2014 as a well established and rapidly expanding leader in its areas of practice. It now has six offices across Hampshire with 140 staff, serving clients across the South Coast in sectors including finance, media, leisure and retail, hospitality, property, agriculture, care homes and marine services as well as acting for a wide variety of individuals.

Eric Robinson’s approach is based on making the law work for its clients. That means being easy to talk to. It means using real language, not jargon, and it means doing everything it can to help clients achieve the outcome they desire.

The practice combines the highest standards of service with local and national expertise, investing in expert staff and enjoying an excellent track record in attracting and retaining talent. It is forward-thinking, embracing innovative IT and operating a cutting-edge practice management system.

The firm has adopted a policy of employing niche specialists to develop new offerings, such as environmental and business regulation, business immigration and agriculture, in addition to its traditional areas of expertise. In 2014 the firm opened its sixth branch, in Winchester, and announced a new partner, Emily Taylor, as well as unveiling a new website and visual identity.

Types of work undertaken: Banking and finance is a major specialism, including advising major clearing banks, private equity houses and other investors in relation to secured finance, asset finance, invoice discounting and asset-specific lending agreements. Advice is given to banks and hedge funds on SWAPS termination and other related hedging issues. Business immigration services are provided for employers on all aspects of engaging non-UK staff. The firm’s business health check service ensures that a company’s health and safety, food safety and hygiene, and environmental health policies and procedures comply with legislation and best practice.

Commercial property is a major focus, including buying freehold property or taking on leases as well as all aspects of development and acting for investors buying residential or commercial property. Related matters are handled from planning to VAT. Corporate services range from buying or selling a business to setting up and restructuring companies and negotiating and drafting commercial contracts. Dispute resolution expertise includes commercial disputes, landlord and tenant matters and debt recovery. Employment law is a specialism, including dismissing employees, tribunal matters and TUPE issues. Environmental matters are dealt with and restructuring and insolvency services are provided.

Services for individuals include first class expertise in family law, from divorce and separation to domestic violence and civil partnerships. Mediation is a specialism and all aspects of childcare are dealt with. Wills, trusts and succession advice is given to individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and mental capacity issues are handled. Employment law services are provided and immigration is a specialism. Residential conveyancing is handled and criminal defence expertise is provided in matters ranging from minor to the most serious.

Eric Robinson will further embed itself in its local community as it maintains its strategy of growth, expanding geographically and in the breadth of its services.

Other offices: Bitterne, Chandlers Ford, Hedge End, Hythe and Winchester

Breakdown of work    %Company/commercial    20
Residential property    25
Dispute resolution/employment    10
Wills, trusts and succession    15
Niche areas    15
Family/childcare    15

Number of UK partners 6

Number of other UK fee-earners 46

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