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Foot Anstey

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South West

Top-tier recommendations


  • South West: Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime
  • South West: Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing

South West: Corporate and commercial

Within Corporate and commercial: Bristol, tier 5

Foot Anstey opened its Bristol office in Autumn 2011, and has made a strong push in the corporate and commercial arena. Former Veale Wasbrough Vizards partner Jonathan Oddy is a key commercial contact. On the corporate side, Tracy Fennell (formerly of Burges Salmon LLP) ‘goes beyond law; he is more of a business friend and mentor’.

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

Foot Anstey wins plaudits for its ‘good internal communication system that directs work to the most appropriate partner or junior’. The firm enjoyed a flurry of new client gains in 2012, and acts for an increasing number of national and international companies. Chris Worrell, Duncan Sykes and Matthew Stoate are recommended, and the ‘very astute’ Marlene Howels ‘quickly understands her clients ’ requirements’.

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

Foot Anstey is praised as providing ‘easy-to-understand advice’ and value for money. The ‘excellent’ team recently assisted new client 90 North Real Estate Partners in relation to the tax structuring of UK property investments. John Pindard is the key contact.

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Within EU and competition, Foot Anstey is a third tier firm,

The ‘very effective’ team at Foot Anstey includes Al Goodwin and Jonathan Oddy (formerly of Veale Wasbrough Vizards). They specialise in public and technology procurement, respectively.

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South West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Within Crime, Foot Anstey is a third tier firm,

Recent work for Foot Anstey’s Nigel Lyons includes cases involving child cruelty and death by driving.

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Within Licensing, Foot Anstey is a second tier firm,

Foot Anstey welcomed the arrival, in Bristol, of Chris Pritchett, former head of licensing at Burges Salmon LLP. His experience includes matters relating to racecourses and outdoor events.

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South West: Dispute resolution

Within Commercial litigation: Bristol, tier 4

Anna Bateman is head of Foot Anstey’s dispute resolution department in Bristol. She joined the firm in 2012 from pre-merger Herbert Smith LLP, and has specialist expertise in the media sector and in restrictive covenant litigation.

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

Foot Anstey is strong in banking litigation, where clients include Bank of Scotland and Bank of Ireland. Practice head Steven Richards also has expertise in fraud and insolvency disputes.

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Within Debt recovery, Foot Anstey is a third tier firm,

Foot Anstey’s Robin Brown has over 20 years’ experience in recovering commercial banking debt across England and Wales.

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South West: Finance

Within Banking and finance, tier 4

Foot Anstey’s banking and finance practice is led by the ‘highly knowledgeableRobin Brown, whose ‘methodical and calm approach gives clients confidence in everything he does’. Imam Qazi is a key figure on the Islamic finance side.

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South West: Human resources

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

The ‘customer-focused, knowledgeable and pragmaticRichard Neary at Foot Anstey advises clients such as Unite plc and Firstsource on tribunal claims, restructurings and TUPE issues.

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

At Foot Anstey, the ‘measured and pragmaticPatrick Howarth acts for Odeon Cinemas; and Matthew Huddleson has been assisting Plymouth Community Healthcare in relation to various matters.

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

At Foot Anstey, Nigel Lyons is ‘calm and measured, a strong advocate, and excellent at managing his team’. He prosecutes on behalf of the HSE.

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Within Pensions, Foot Anstey is a third tier firm,

Foot Anstey’s Comron Rowe advises trustees and employers, including large businesses and public sector bodies, on contentious and non-contentious matters relating to schemes with up to £50m in assets.

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South West: Insurance

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

Foot Anstey’s practice has ‘unparalleled strength in depth which allows it to handle the entire range of clinical negligence cases for claimants’. Robert Antrobus heads the team from Plymouth and, as well as having ‘a wealth of experience’, is ‘a really nice blend of intellect and good client care skills’.

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

Robert Antrobus heads the team at Foot Anstey. Juliette Clarke is ‘an experienced personal injury practitioner with a broad-based practice’.

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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,

Foot Anstey is highlighted for its ‘strength in depth’, and acts for a broad client base across both contentious and non-contentious matters. Team head Joel Woolf and Angela Bridges are recommended.

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

Foot Anstey’s charities team includes James Evans, who advises on governance and finance issues; associate Anna Roderick, who has experience in incorporation matters and joint ventures; and newly arrived associate Lucy Gill, who is a contentious trusts specialist.

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Within Family, Foot Anstey is a third tier firm,

Foot Anstey’s Mark Chanter is a specialist in family finance work. The team saw the departure of two partners.

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

Foot Anstey’s multi-disciplinary private client team is now led by Stephen Howells following the recent departure of Angela Bridges.

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South West: Public sector

Within Education, Foot Anstey is a third tier firm,

Following Julia Green’s departure to Browne Jacobson LLP, James Evans heads Foot Anstey’s education team. He has experience in managing complex school conversions. Patrick Howarth is recommended for his employment expertise.

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Within Local government, tier 4

Gareth Pinwell heads Foot Anstey’s public sector team, and has particular expertise in planning issues. He advised Plymouth City Council on the revocation of planning consent relating to a waste-to-energy facility.

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South West: Real estate

Within Commercial property: Bristol, tier 4

At Foot Anstey, Daniel Halstead specialises in property investment and development, and Imam Qazi is recommended for transactions involving Islamic finance.

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

Foot Anstey’s clients include Screwfix, University of Plymouth, and Daily Mail General Investments. Richard Walford leads the team, and James Heath has ‘an excellent understanding of his clients ’ business and the local property market’.

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Within Construction, tier 4

Foot Anstey’s Chris Hoar is ‘extremely bright and pragmatic, and goes the extra mile for his clients’.

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Within Environment, Foot Anstey is a third tier firm,

Foot Anstey has hired the ‘very knowledgeableChris Pritchett from Burges Salmon LLP, who specialises in environmental regulatory issues.

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Within Planning, Foot Anstey is a third tier firm,

Foot Anstey recently advised Plymouth City Council on the revocation of planning consent for a waste-to-energy facility at Weston Mill. Gareth Pinwell is recommended.

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

Foot Anstey recently assisted new client Dartmoor National Parks Authority in obtaining vacant possession of a site occupied by travellers since 2007. Richard Bagwell is valued for his ‘easy-to-understand explanations’ and ‘clear, thoughtful thinking’.

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Within Social housing, tier 4

Foot Anstey’s clients include Plymouth Community Homes and Magna Housing Group. Michael Gay is a key contact.

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

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

Foot Anstey was strengthened by the arrival of Martin Cuell and Chris Pritchett, both from Burges Salmon LLP, and Jonathan Oddy, former head of the IT practice at Veale Wasbrough Vizards. The team has expertise across major IT procurement, outsourcing and shared services initiatives.

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Within Intellectual property, tier 4

At Foot Anstey, newly arrived commercial head Jonathan Oddy has experience in licensing and branding matters.

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

Foot Anstey has significantly grown its media capabilities, with four partner hires. It welcomed Martin Cuell and Chris Pritchett, both from Burges Salmon LLP; Anna Bateman, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and has experience in media-related commercial disputes; and Richard Neary, formerly of Squire Sanders LLP, on the employment side.

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Within Sport, Foot Anstey is a second tier firm,

Foot Anstey’s cross-practice sports team advises local football clubs and racecourses, and is led by Jonathan Oddy, who joined from Veale Wasbrough Vizards.

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