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Foot Anstey

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  • South West: Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy

South West: Corporate and commercial

Within Corporate and commercial: Bristol, tier 4

Foot Anstey attracts praise for its ‘commercial and pragmatic approach'. Team head Jonathan Oddy is a highly regarded commercial lawyer with significant expertise in TMT. Tracy Fennell is regularly instructed by private equity firm Phoenix Equity Partners.

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Within Corporate and commercial: The West Country, Foot Anstey is a first tier firm,

Chris Worrell heads the team at Foot Anstey. Duncan Sykes is an expert in representing owner-managed businesses and ‘provides advice in a truly usable way', and private equity specialist Matthew Stoate is ‘commercial as well as pragmatic'.

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Within Corporate tax, Foot Anstey is a second tier firm,

Foot Anstey combines ‘quick responses' with ‘clear and concise advice', providing ‘a very professional service'. John Pindard‘works very hard for his clients', and recently advised 90 North on the tax structuring of a property investment in the UK.

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South West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Within Crime: fraud, Foot Anstey is a third tier firm,

Foot Anstey is active in accounting fraud and fraudulent trading matters.

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Within Crime: general, Foot Anstey is a third tier firm,

Foot Anstey’s Nigel Lyons handles serious crime work including murder and rape cases, both privately and publicly funded.

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Within Licensing, Foot Anstey is a second tier firm,

Foot Anstey’s Chris Pritchett is experienced in the online and mobile gaming sector and in the regulatory requirements affecting racecourses and other sports venues, and large outdoor events.

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South West: Dispute resolution

Within Commercial litigation: Bristol, tier 4

Media and entertainment specialist Anna Bateman heads Foot Anstey’s Bristol litigation team. She has ‘a keen eye for detail and explains her points very clearly, working hard to get results'.

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Within Commercial litigation: The West Country, Foot Anstey is a second tier firm,

Foot Anstey’s six-partner cross-office team ‘combines excellent quality of advice with competitive terms'. It is particularly active in financial services litigation, acting for clients such as Bank of Ireland and Bank of Scotland. Steven Richards heads the practice.

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South West: Finance

Within Banking and finance, Foot Anstey is a third tier firm,

Foot Anstey ‘offers good value for money, with first-rate advice'. Banking and finance disputes expert Robin Brown is ‘particularly good at resolving sensitive cases'. Will Whitt, who heads the non-contentious team, ‘can get to the heart of a complex legal problem quickly', and Imam Qazi stands out in the region as an Islamic finance expert.

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South West: Human resources

Within Employment: Bristol, Foot Anstey is a second tier firm,

Foot Anstey handles contentious and non-contentious employment issues for clients operating in a number of sectors, including media and hospitality. Richard Neary specialises in restructurings, TUPE and employment liabilities in corporate transactions.

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Within Employment: The West Country, Foot Anstey is a first tier firm,

Foot Anstey is ‘a one-stop shop' advising clients from a wide range of industry sectors. Matthew Huddleson‘has the ability to put issues into context', and is recommended along with Patrick Howarth, who advises on senior-level terminations.

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Within Health and safety, Foot Anstey is a second tier firm,

Foot Anstey has expertise in health and safety defence and trading standards work, individual and corporate liquor licensing, and agricultural investigations.

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Within Pensions, Foot Anstey is a third tier firm,

Foot Anstey’s ‘all-round excellent' team handles the full range of pension issues, covering advisory work, transactions and disputes. Comron Rowe focuses on final salary pension schemes and advises on the pensions aspects of corporate transactions. The team expanded with the arrival of Helen Trethewey from Burges Salmon LLP in 2013.

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South West: Insurance

Within Clinical negligence: claimant, Foot Anstey is a first tier firm,

At Foot Anstey, Claire Stoneman in Taunton focuses on birth injury cases leading to cerebral palsy, stillbirth or neonatal death, and Plymouth-based Robert Antrobus also has a focus on birth injury claims. Andrew Hannam is the key contact in the firm’s new office in Bristol.

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Within Personal injury: claimant, Foot Anstey is a second tier firm,

Juliette Clarke heads the personal injury practice at Foot Anstey, and handles a broad range of claims with a specialism in catastrophic claims, including brain and spinal injury cases.

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South West: Overview

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South West: Private client

Within Agriculture and estates, Foot Anstey is a second tier firm,

Joel Woolf’s nine-partner team at Foot Anstey acts for a wide range of clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Richard Bagwell and Nigel Lyons are also names to note.

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Within Charities and not-for-profit, Foot Anstey is a third tier firm,

Foot Anstey recently assisted Screwfix Direct in setting up a new charitable foundation, and advised on the merger of NBCS with Guide Dogs. James Evans advises on mergers and collaborations, and Anna Roderick has expertise in incorporations, restructurings, joint venture arrangements and Charity Act compliance.

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Within Family, tier 4

Mediator and collaborative lawyer Mark Chanter leads the team at Foot Anstey, acting for a range of high-net-worth individuals.

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Within Personal tax, trusts and probate, Foot Anstey is a second tier firm,

Foot Anstey has a multi-disciplinary private client team, with Deborah Carrivick highly recommended.

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Within Energy, tier 4

Foot Anstey has built up its energy practice through a series of hires, including former Burges Salmon LLP lawyer Chris Pritchett. Clients include Plymouth Energy Community and British Solar Renewables Ltd.

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South West: Public sector

Within Education, Foot Anstey is a second tier firm,

Foot Anstey has particular expertise in managing conversions and advising schools in the independent sector on mergers and acquisitions. The ‘commercially minded' James Evans specialises in constitutional and governance arrangements.

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Within Health, Foot Anstey is a third tier firm,

At Foot Anstey, the team advises on the full range of healthcare matters, across commercial, corporate, employment, disputes and regulatory. Clients include healthcare funders and manufacturers of healthcare products.

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Within Local government, tier 4

Foot Anstey’s team is now led by Al Goodwin, following the departure of Gareth Pinwell to Ashfords LLP in November 2013.

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South West: Real estate

Within Commercial property: Bristol, Foot Anstey is a third tier firm,

Foot Anstey is praised for its ‘service levels and high industry knowledge, notably in Islamic finance'. Imam Qazi is recommended, and Daniel Halstead left for TLT in May 2014.

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Within Commercial property: The West Country, Foot Anstey is a first tier firm,

Foot Anstey is ‘an efficient provider of commercial advice at good value for money'. Richard Walford advised Sutton Harbour Holdings on the King Point Marina regeneration project. The ‘commercially aware' Duncan Tringham joined from Burges Salmon LLP, while James Heath is now with Ashfords LLP.

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Within Construction, tier 4

At Foot Anstey, experienced construction lawyer Chris Hoar advised British Solar Renewables on the construction aspects of the procurement and financing of six solar park developments. Fran Button re-joined the team in 2013, returning from an in-house position.

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Within Environment, Foot Anstey is a second tier firm,

Foot Anstey continues to develop its practice, in 2013 hiring real estate energy expert Duncan Tringham from Burges Salmon LLP. Chris Pritchett advised new client Plymouth Energy Community on the drafting and negotiation of a collective energy-switching scheme.

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Within Planning, tier 4

At Foot Anstey, ‘very knowledgeable' associate Fergus Charlton is the key contact following the departure of Gareth Pinwell to Ashfords LLP.

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Within Property litigation, Foot Anstey is a third tier firm,

At Foot Anstey, experienced litigator Richard Bagwell is ‘particularly adept at handling demanding clients'. ‘Highly competent litigation lawyer' Dan Cuthbert joined in Bristol from Osborne Clarke.

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Within Social housing, tier 4

Foot Anstey’s Michael Gay regularly acts for Raglan Housing on a range of matters.

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Within Intellectual property, tier 5

Foot Anstey’s team advises on brand strategy and trade mark registration and enforcement, and also assists retailers in design right infringement claims.

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Within IT and telecoms, Foot Anstey is a third tier firm,

The team at Foot Anstey has expertise across major IT procurement, outsourcing and shared services initiatives. Practice head Martin Cuell specialises in technology agreements.

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Within Media and entertainment, Foot Anstey is a first tier firm,

Chris Worrell and Tony Jaffa co-head the seven-partner team at Foot Anstey, which is praised for its ‘good, succinct advice'. It advises on the full spectrum of media matters, across corporate, commercial, IP, disputes and data protection.

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Within Sport, Foot Anstey is a second tier firm,

Chris Pritchett’s team at Foot Anstey has expertise in football, rugby, cycling and horseracing, and is experienced in matters at the interface between sports and betting.

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